WOOSTER: Huntley Gilbert Pierce was born to Frank and Mabel (Miller) Pierce on December 8, 1915, on a small farm between Huntley and Gilberts, Illinois. He died on March 23, 2013.
He married the love of his life, Beatrice "Bea" (Hersman) on January 8, 1947. Bea passed away on 12/12/2001 and Huntley missed her greatly every day since her passing.
Huntley loved sports! At Poland High School in Poland, Ohio, where he graduated in 1933, he was a championship basketball center, a wrestler, a football player, a track star, and was on the tennis team - all while taking care of the dairy farm where his family lived.
Huntley discovered Wooster, Ohio when researching restaurant locations for Isaly's Dairy Corporation as a District Manager in the 1930's and 1940's (where he also had the privilege of making the first Klondike bar!).
He decided to relocate there. He left Isaly's and purchased Keeney's Cafeteria in Wooster in 1949.
Huntley and Bea worked side by side at Keeney's with Bea contributing 40 of her famous homemade pies daily while she also worked at Taylor Insurance Co.
Huntley then opened up his "dream" in 1952 - Pierce's Sporting Goods and Athletic Supplies on Liberty Street in Wooster. Pierce's was a family business with Bea as Office Administrator, and, daughter, Janet, worked on the retail floor and in the office.
Huntley loved his Cleveland Indians and Browns; and was also a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since he grew up in the Youngstown area.
Huntley loved his family! Bea, Huntley, and, daughter, Janet Pierce of Bay Village loved traveling together, visiting historic places, watching theater and concerts, playing golf together and many other activities.
He enjoyed his son, Jack Pierce and wife, Carol of Sandusky, Ohio, as well as his granddaughters, Leigh (Mark) Delbecq of Columbus, Ohio and Julie (Keith) Kobasher of Sandusky, OH.
He delighted in watching his great grandchildren Jessica (Columbus) and Jordan & Spencer (Sandusky) grow-up.
He enjoyed spending time with brothers Bill and Ronald Pierce, and sister, Lorraine Clayton (who precede him in death) and their families in NE Ohio and Corry, PA.
In particular he loved getting together with nephew Bill (Peggy) Pierce of Fairview Park, and niece Jackie (George) Gingery of Wooster and all the other members of the Pierce, Hersman, Knoedler, and Gingery families, and parties held at nephews Dave (Sharlene) and Bob (Kathy) Pierce's homes in Concord Twp.
He looked forward to the annual trek to Corry, PA, to visit nephew, Fred (Connie) Clayton, nieces Alice "Babs" Moore and Ruth (Richard) Williams, and great nephew, Jimmy (Kathy) Clayton and their families.
He celebrated his 97th birthday this past December 8th with 40 family members and friends at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living facility in Westlake, OH.
Services will be held this Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 12 Noon at Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, Ohio.
Calling hours precede the services at 10am at the church. Burial will take place immediately afterward at Wooster Cemetery.
Published in the News Journal on March 27, 2013