OBITUARY

Leird I. Pierce

January 19, 1922August 5, 2018
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Leird I. Pierce, 96, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at his 243 River Street home.

He was born Jan. 19, 1922, in his family home at 243 River St, the son of Alpheus B. Pierce and Lottie L. Baily. Leird graduated from Oneonta High School in June of 1940. He married Jacqueline Hanley of Katonah, on June 29, 1946. Leird and Jackie were lifelong residents of Oneonta. Leird worked for the D&H Railroad when he and Jackie were first married and, in 1952, he purchased the local John Deere farm machinery dealership. He sold the dealership in 1965 and became a licensed master plumber and started a residential and commercial construction company. He also owned and managed a number of rental properties in Oneonta. Leird was an avid reader and especially enjoyed history books on the Civil War. Leird retired in 1998. He spent his retirement years at his camp property on Mac Dougall Hill Road and enjoyed his hobbies of photography and woodworking in his shop. Leird and Jackie traveled extensively throughout the East Coast in their conversion van and spent several summers entertaining their granddaughter, Christine. He was predeceased by his wife, Jackie; and sister, Lorraine (Pierce) Holowach. He is survived by his son, John T. (Cheryl) Pierce of Jones, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Christine Jeanne (Ryan) Preda of Greensboro, North Carolina; and great-granddaughter, Elli Nicole Preda of Greensboro, North Carolina. He is also survived by his niece, Lorraine (Holowach) Keller of Pipersville, Pennsylvania; and nephew, Nicholas Holowach of Oneonta. Visitation for family and friends will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta and will be followed by a gravesite prayer service and interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.

Services

  • Calling Hours Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Larry and Teddi Roy

August 14, 2018

John and Cheryl
We send our prayers and love to you in this time of your loss. Peace to you.
De Colores
Larry and Teddi

Anita Endres

August 13, 2018

John & Cheryl,
Lifting you up in prayer as you celebrate Leird's life. May his soul rest in peace.
Love and prayers,
The Endres Family

Frank & Joelle Volpe

August 11, 2018

John & Cheryl,

Know that your Oklahoma Cursillista family is praying for you and your family at this time of earthly loss. We hope you are able to focus on the eternal gain as we join you in prayer for the repose of the soul of your father. God's peace be with you, Jesus' hands hold you, and the Holy Spirit fill you.
De Colores

Rick and Laura Miller

August 10, 2018

Dearest John and Cheryl,
Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow.
Gently, may friends help to ease your pain.
Softly, may peace replace heartaches.
And may warmest memories remain.
We lift you up in our prayers for the loss of your father.
In friendship, faith and deepest sympathy,
Rick and Laura Miller

Bruce Kovacs

August 10, 2018

John and Cheryl,

I am sorry to hear this news. Laird was truly a unique individual. I will remember him sharing an exceptional perspective on life.

Bruce

Beckham Family

August 10, 2018

John and Cheryl
May you find comfort in God' great love and endless mercy. Know of our prayers!
Monty. Maggie, Noah and Jonah

Alison Johnston

August 10, 2018

Prayers for you and your family.

Russell Ballagh

August 10, 2018

John and Cheryl,

Our sincere condolences, thanks for having those reunions up in Oneonta.

Craig & Stephanie Brudzinski

August 10, 2018

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. We are so sorry for your loss and hope you feel surrounded by much love.

Ron Brumfield

August 10, 2018

I know that it is a very sad and difficult time when you lose a parent but it is a great comfort to know that they are in a better place and you have assurance that you will see them again. Our prayers and our sympathies are with you.