Donald Pierce was the consummate gentleman, his son Ron Pierce said.
“He didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone,” Ron Pierce said. “He always looked on the bright side of life and did his best with what he had.”
Pierce, 92, of Crown Point, was proud of the accomplishments that he and his late wife Geraldine made during the course of their lives.
“Both came from humble beginnings like so many of the ‘Greatest Generation,’” Ron Pierce said. “They lived through poverty, the Depression and World War II.”
Quiet and dignified, Pierce worked hard all his life.
“He never asked anyone for anything,” Ron Pierce said. “He took advantage of the opportunities in life. He led a very careful but moral life.”
A World War II veteran, Pierce served in the Army’s 12th Armour division. His tank unit was adopted by General Patton to move the Germans out of France, Ron Pierce said.
A member of American Legion Post No. 20, Pierce loved his country.
Passionate about golf, Pierce was a member of the Tuesday senior league at Oak Knoll Golf Course, making a hole in one at age 77.
A retired Bricklayer and member of Local No. 4 for 66 years, Pierce enjoyed his job. One memorable project he worked on was the cathedral at Valparaiso University. His son Jeffrey and a grandson also became bricklayers.
Married to Geraldine 65 years, the couple was inseparable.
“Where you saw one you saw the other,” Ron Pierce said. “They loved to go out to breakfast and to Bronko’s for fish on Friday nights.”
The Pierces spent six months each year at their place in Largo, Florida.
Ron Pierce said his father, a Lowell High School graduate, taught his children to live honorably.
“He told us once you can’t win at golf, you can only get better,” Ron Pierce said. “That is how he lived his life. He always tried to get better.”