Jack Clark Pierce was born in Des Moines, Iowa, August 25th, 1933, to Clarence “Hank” and Wilma Clark Pierce. After graduating from Maxwell Community High School, 1953 he completed electronics training at the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. He married Ada Rhoads, July 11, 1954, Peoria Methodist Church, Maxwell. They lived in Maxwell, IA all of their lives until they moved to Nevada in 2011. He worked for several years in the Instruments Department, Physics Building, Iowa State University and then went on to serve as a Senior Electronics Technician for Taylor Instruments, retiring in 1988. His work was recognized in the Taylor Hall of Fame.
Jack was a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple. For many years he served as Scout Master in Maxwell and still enjoys reconnecting with his scouts and takes great pride in their accomplishments. He loved history and was often found traveling to the next rendezvous as a mountain man and buck skinner who loved his black powder guns. Those life-long friends continue to connect with him and share laughs and stories. Of course, no one told a story better than he. I’ve witnessed his inability to drive past any historical marker without stopping to read it. Never afraid of doing what was right, even when not fun or easy, he served as the Mayor, Council Member for the City of Maxwell and Justice of the Peace.
His parents preceded him in death but not until they had enjoyed so very many years of camping and fishing trips, homemade ice cream and big family dinners. He told me that the greatest thing he received from his parents was how they had taken him so many places and shown him so many things. He certainly learned his love of history, travel, journal writing as well as unconditional love from his parents.
He loved his family and looked after his wife until her passing in 2017. He is also preceded in death by his younger daughter, Dr. Jennie K. Pierce, whom he loved dearly. They enjoyed a really amazing friendship. They often took boat trips and he rarely missed any chance to take part in her many academic achievements. Dad was certain no one could break a glass thermos faster than she could. Just reminiscing about her simultaneously brought a tear and laughter to him. Thanks for making me the little night light blinker too, even though it was Jennie who was afraid of the dark.
Jack’s daughter, Angela Pierce Casteel and her husband, Christopher, Abilene, KS survive. Jack’s grandsons, Corey (Jenny), Abilene, KS and family, Sandra, Trevor, Pierce and Cael; Patrick (Cristin), Topeka, KS and their son, Canello will continue to honor him as well.
Also surviving Jack is his younger brother, Robert E. Pierce and his wife Jeanne Huffaker Pierce, Maxwell. Their daughters and Jack’s nieces Lisa (Steve) Glas and their children, Meredith, Lauren and Ryan Glas; Carrie (Colin) King and their children, Thomas & Emily King. He loved them all dearly. He especially loved, respected and relied on his brother for reassurance and advice. Probably more than Bob will ever will know. No matter what the situation, his brother Bob could make my dad laugh and strengthen his outlook.
Thanks, Dad, for modeling what a man of honor, integrity and strength look like. As a result of setting that high bar, you made me proud to walk with you down the aisle to marry such a man. We continued your legacy in raising sons to also be men of honor. You were never perfect which resulted in you showing me never to be afraid of failure and that has led to some of my greatest achievements.
Jack Pierce left this world a better place, October 26th, 2018, in Nevada, Iowa. Memorial arrangements will be made at a later date.