OBITUARY

Glenn Arthur Pierce Jr.

September 19, 1942March 28, 2021

This week we lost Glenn, our much loved father, Papa, friend. Glenn was the life of the party, with a smile for everyone, and always lived life to the fullest.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, Glenn graduated from Bowling Green State University and was a proud Sigma Chi – In Hoc Brothers! After college, Glenn served in the United States Air Force, stationed in Tokyo and Manila, as an aircraft mechanic. His business career began at IBM, which took him and the family throughout New Mexico, Texas and New England. Glenn returned to his adopted home state of Texas to work for tech companies, including VTEL and Uplink, convincing many former colleagues to join him on his journey. After retirement, Glenn helped Kane with the business she built, Furniture Brokers, which is still going strong.

Travel was one of Glenn’s passions and was the thread running through his hobbies: skiing, scuba diving, being a pilot, RVing, and planning trips. From ski vacations in Purgatory and diving in Cozumel to cross country RV tours (with many stays in Breckenridge, CO and Naples, FL) and cruises, Glenn loved to see and experience the world. When family and friends came along, so much the better!

The lake house in Kingsland became the family gathering spot, with many years of Memorial Day weekend fun, all of the kids and grandkids together for boating, swimming, always a few chores for the boys, the Indy 500 vroom vroom, and lots of food and drink. Mexican martini, anyone?

We will miss Glenn’s mischievous grin, as he declared “My body is a temple,” then dug into a plate of cheesy enchiladas or a giant apple fritter; his love of music and “all-time favorite singer” that changed weekly; his fascination with gadgets and newfangled gear of any kind; his long standing pride in all of his children, and their accomplishments large and small.

Glenn was predeceased by the love of his life, Kane, and we know those two “goons” are together again, clinking champagne glasses and firing up the RV for a tour around the galaxy. He is survived by his four children, Andrew and his wife Meghan, Chris and his wife Melanie, Ashley and her husband Clint, and Remington; five grandchildren and one great-grandson; very special friend Carolyn; and many, many friends, old and new, near and far, close and distant. We can’t forget Teeny, his beloved Yorkie!

Glenn cherished you all and his passing leaves a hole that cannot be easily filled.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by The Wounded Warrior Project or the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Glenn’s service will take place on Saturday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m., at the Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Blvd, Lakeway. A reception will follow the service at Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Drive, Lakeway. The service will be live-streamed and those details will be shared closer to the date for those who would like to attend virtually.

A cocktail reception to celebrate Glenn will be held on Friday, May 14th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. , at Furniture Brokers of Lakeway, 2300 Lohmans Spur Road, Lakeway, TX. Please drop by and share some memories!

Services

14 May

Reception

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Furniture Brokers of Lakeway

2300 Lohmans Spur Rd
Lakeway, TX

15 May

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lakeway Church

2203 Lakeway Blvd.
Lakeway, TX

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Stephen Petersen

May 4, 2021

While I knew Glenn for only a limited time, I was quickly infected like many others with his wry smile, that smile that had one hanging on it for his next witticism. I too will miss his grand and engaging and warm personality. To you, Glenn.

Carolyn Ellis

April 25, 2021

Glenn,
Our time together was much too short; but, oh, so very sweet! What a trip! So much laughter...such great fun! Two very old people finding each other, feeling like we were 18 again.....how many times you said that!

I had the time of my life with you!! I so wish we could have continued with our plans, but it wasn't to be. I will take really good care of Teeny for you though.

I'm so very grateful for the fantastic memories, your love, your kindness, and your profound sweetness. Such a truly incredible man!

What a way to complete such an interesting, well-lived and successful life you lived. I'm so thankful to have been a part of it.

I will always love you, GP.

Tom Wall

April 15, 2021

Wow! What can I say that so many of Glenn's friends have not already said. What a shock! I met Glenn thru our wives tennis endeavors. We became instant friends with many great trips and event's together. We even partnered in three different RV'S and the lake house. Not once did we ever have a disagreement about who was to use either. As the ole saying goes, if you looked up the word "friend" in the dictionary there should just be a picture of Glenn Pierce! As someone has already said, he was larger than life and will be missed by so many. I am so grateful for the many years of friendship with him. What a man!!!!

Carson Brown

April 10, 2021

I had the privilege of meeting Glenn at VTEL where he hired me as his HR guy. What a sad loss for everyone who knew him. He was always so full of energy and passion about everything and everyone with whom he cared. We solved a lot of issues together and he would always seek my counsel around business at work and then do what he had already decided to do (lol). Glenn was one of the kindest person that I had the pleasure of knowing. I know how much everyone will miss his humor and spirit, but we will always have great memories of this wonderful man, father, husband and friend! We all salute you, my friend!

With our deepest condolences!

Carson and Colleen

David Gusler

April 7, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Glenn's passing. Although we didn't know him as long as some, we enjoyed the times we spent together. He was so easy to talk to and always had that sweet smile. We considered him part of the family. We will always be thankful for giving us his son, Chris, to be a part of our family. Rest in peace, Glenn, yours is a job well done. David and Mary Ann Gusler

Felicia Gledhill

April 6, 2021

Glenn and I met through our mutual friends, Peggy and Marc Rinehart. The grief of both of us losing our spouses brought us together. Now, I am experiencing the awful feeling of sadness in losing a friend. We held each other up at a time we both needed the reminder that "life is worth living" despite how miserable we felt. He was a wonderful friend to me and I hope I was that for him. We laughed, cried and argued over our diverse political views as we spent time together. He introduced me to his wonderful children and his posse of friends. I was envious of how he had such a collection of pals who had wonderful stories and we laughed, laughed, laughed all the time we gathered. I know the friends from so long along and current ones are grieving the loss. I know I am. I am very happy Peggy and Marc gave me Glenn, his family and his friends. It was a wonderful gift. I am grateful we met and so very sad to face this loss.

Art Wilson

April 5, 2021

I met Glenn when he was in the GSD branch in San Antonio in the mid- 70's then again when he was President of Vtel. Then was lucky to have breakfast and lunch with him and a number of x-IBMer's on a regular basis.
Some of my observations:
1. He was always chuckling about something.... sometimes to himself
2. He had the devilish little smile like he was thinking about something "fun" to do
3. He was always interested in the people around him
4. He kept everyone's interest in the story he was telling

We had a wonderful trip to Mexico last year with Glen, the Ryans and Ernsbergers and I got to see him a couple of weeks ago at the group luncheon and it amazed me how incredible he was even though he was in excruciating pain.

We'll miss you a lot Glenn!

Bill Drummey

April 4, 2021

Glenn will be missed——by everybody who knew him. He was a wonderful guy and we have many great memories of time spent with him—-whether skiing, working, or just hanging around . He was truly loyal to his friends—and his family. Always sincere, smart, thoughtful and ready for a laugh. He was one of those people who always added value to a relationship. He packed a lot into his time here and we feel lucky to be able to count ourselves among his friends.

A real loss to his family and all his many friends.

Bill & Margaret Drummey

Gaylene Carpenter

April 3, 2021

Still shocked and saddened by the news, it’s difficult to find words to share my story of Glenn. We’d known each other since the 8th grade and were “going steady” when he had to move out of California. Early in our college years when he’d return to see his uncle in Long Beach we’d connect with each other and friends who we hung out with in junior high school. Time passed, like 60 years, until a couple years ago. Thanks to Facebook and the telephone, we mutually decided it would be fun to see each other. First Glenn visited me in Eugene Oregon and then I visited him in Austin Texas. Alas we’d “re-friended” having enjoyed each other’s company sharing all the laughs associated with our teenage years. The sharing of loss by so many telling their stories about having known Glenn reaffirms that he was a man who touched many of us, none more so than those in his family. My heartfelt condolences to Remi, who I briefly got to meet, and to all of you in the wonderfully blended family of Glenn.
(Pictures 1955 & 1962)

Chris Pierce

April 2, 2021

So very heartwarming to read all the special memories and stories. Please keep them coming. Every one of them is so very special for all of us.

Not sure if me including this in here is within protocol, but then again, when are Pierces every really with in protocol. (Dad Joke)

Dad shared in a conversation very recently with me, as I was able to thank him for all he’s love throughout my life and the father he is. (What a blessing for that conversation)......what he shared was that who he is and has become throughout his life, is a result of his friends/colleagues. I see that and always have and I also see him in each of you.

Thank you for being such huge part of the man/father and friend that blessed our lives every day.

Roots Run Deep - Love you Dad

FROM THE FAMILY