Pieter Kealoha Priestley

February 7, 1956September 6, 2018

Pieter Kealoha Priestley, age 62, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, passed away Thursday September 6, 2018.

Beloved father of Kathy (Mike) Gyger, James Priestley, Shaleen Priestley, Pieter (Jan) Priestley, and Tiffany Kate; loving grandfather of Scott (Tiffany) Spivey, James Spivey, Megan Spivey, Alexa Kruszewski, and Jon Gyger; great-grandchildren JR Spivey, Hank Spivey, and Bentley Johnson; brother of Jon Priestley, Howard (Sharon) Priestley, Karlette Chilton, Char’les (Mike) Rehmert, brother-in-law Lloyd Rymar and sister-in-law Shonna Rymar. Pieter was predeceased by his wife Marian, his parents Howard and Piikea (Keala) Priestley, and his brother-in-law Cliff Chilton.

Pieter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 7, 1956. He graduated high school in Corbin, Kentucky and married Marian Rymar in Rochester, Michigan on August 27, 1977.

Pieter was a dedicated Husband and father who loved to hunt, fish and be outdoors. As a result of his unrivaled work ethic he became a respected member of the Operating Engineers Local 324 family who served as a mentor and role model.

Pieter’s family will welcome all to a memorial gathering on Saturday September 15th, 2018 from 1 to 3pm with a sharing of memories service at 3pm at Pixley Funeral Home, located at 3530 Auburn Rd in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


  • Marian (nee Rymar) Priestley, Wife
  • Kathy (Mike) Gyger, Daughter
  • James Priestley, Son
  • Shaleen Priestley, Daughter
  • Pieter (Jan) Priestley, Son
  • Tiffany Kate, Daughter
  • Scott (Tiffany) Spivey, Grandson
  • James Spivey, Grandson
  • Megan Spivey, Granddaughter
  • Alexa Kruszewski, Granddaughter
  • Jon Gyger, Grandson
  • JR Spivey, Great Grandson
  • Hank Spivey, Great Grandson
  • Bently Johnson, Great Grandson
  • Howard Priestley, Father
  • Piikea (nee Keala) Priestley, Mother
  • Jon Priestley, Brother
  • Howard (Sharon) Priestley, Brother
  • Karlette Chilton, Sister
  • Char’les (Mike) Rehmert, Sister
  • Cliff Chilton, Brother-in-law


  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Sharing of Memories Service Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pieter Kealoha Priestley

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Mark Buddha Ritchie

September 10, 2018

Pineapple Pete, I appreciate you giving me that chance 21 years ago when you took me under your wing and filled me with the knowledge that lead me to where I am today. We enjoyed so many great times together! You weren't just a BOSS(TYRANT), you were a brother to me and a part of my family! You will be deeply missed by everyone! Rest In Peace Brother

Michael Peake

September 7, 2018

Pineapple, you were definitely a one of a kind . I enjoyed working with you over the years and I appreciate the things I had learned from you. You were an absolute work horse on the jobs , and I respected that . You will be missed bye many . My condolences to all of your friends and family !