John Robert Pierce, Sr.

November 3, 1936December 3, 2018

John Robert Pierce died at 82 years old on the 3rd of December 2018 in his current town of Houston, Texas. John Robert was loved and respected by his large family who thought of him as a myth and legend at times. He always told elaborate stories of his life experiences including hunting and fishing, fixing cars, slinging heavy machines around with no trouble, and all around enjoying his time outdoors. His physique was strong and robust which is where he donned his nickname from his grandchildren, “Popeye.”

John was an accomplished man who took pride in his life as a Marine. He served 21 years and retired a decorated soldier. He served one tour in the Korean war and two tours in the Vietnam war. He was very proud of earning his sharpshooter medals, and the work he did as a drill sergeant.

John was happiest when he was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Myrtle, his brother Joe, his sisters Adele, Jackie, and Patsy. His two sons John (Buzzy), Michael and his wife Manette. His daughter Wendy. His nine grandchildren Josh, Katie, Brooke, Justin, Bradley, Rose, Kalynn, Rachel and her husband Jordan, and Kathryn. His great grandson Adam. Special family friend and “other granddaughter” Brianna. Former daughter in law and mother to two of his grandchildren Deborah.

Family and friends will gather and share memories during a visitation from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th at Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, Texas, 77055. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 10th at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston, 77038. Pastor Gary R. Smith will officiate and members of the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard will provide military honors.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 10, 2018

John Robert Pierce, Sr.

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Katie Hire

December 7, 2018


I don’t think I will ever be able to find the words to say how much you meant to me. Nor will I ever be able to express how much I am going to miss you. Some of my earliest and precious memories involve you and it is nearly impossible to imagine a world where you’re not here. I’m going to miss your face lighting up when we popped over for a visit. I am going to miss your tall tales and your laugh. I remember enjoying the short time I got to see and talk to you before you had to go to bed after Grandma picked me up from kindergarten. I can remember eating goldfish and you making me laugh. I am going to miss how you were with your great grandson and anytime I didn’t have him with me you’d ask where he was. I think what I’ll miss the most, even more than my yearly birthday calls, is hearing you say I love you.

I love you, Papa. I hope you find peace and rest and I hope I can see you again one day.

~pooh bear

Rachel Parrish

December 5, 2018

Papa, I can’t believe you’re gone. It’s hard to imagine a memory at your house where you weren’t there. When I was little you would sit and tell me jokes, teach me how to color inside the lines, and always ask what I was learning and you’d quiz me to make me better. You would work nights and as kids we would try hard to not wake you up during the day and you would work harder to be present in our lives. It made such a huge impact on me. You taught me how to respect the military and I married my husband because he has so many qualities you have and I’m happy to instill your legacy in my future children. I love you so much papa and I’ll always be your googenheimer

Wendy Parrish

December 5, 2018

Dad, you had a way of making me feel special. You loved me no matter what, even when I was being silly. You never let me go a day without me knowing you loved me. We would sit and talk and you had a way of making even something so insignificant in my life seem so important to you. Through everything in my life you were a constant support, a constant friend, and a constant shining spot in my life. I love you daddy, forever and always.

Wendy Parrish

December 5, 2018

You were the first man to ever love me. You had a way of making me feel special, even when I didn’t feel it myself. You were there for me through the bad times and the good times, always sharing a story or little joke to make me feel better. You never let me leave without a hug, you always stuck up for me, and you never let me go a day without feeling you love me. Thank you for being such a good father. Thank you for loving me the way you did.

Brooke Hire

December 5, 2018

My grandfather was the greatest man I've ever met. He made all of us feel loved and special and was always asking about our lives and what we've been up to. When we were young I always saw him as Popeye and he was my hero. I miss you so much gramps and I will never forget how loved and safe you always made me feel.