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 Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Leird I. Pierce

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Marti Swords-Horrell

October 31, 2018

Not a memory but an invitation: I'm the pastor at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta -- just letting the family know that we will be lighting a candle in memory of Leird this Sunday at our 10 am service, for our All Saints Sunday commemoration. You are all invited to be there if you feel so moved. Our hearts go out to you all as you continue to grieve, and we pray God's healing presence has been and will continue to be with you all.
Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell, pastor

David Kaczmarczyk

August 24, 2018

John & Cheryl
Sharon and I are thinking of you and the family in this time of loss. We remember the reunions and get togethers in Oneonta that you and your parents hosted, they were always very generous. I have a picture of your father in my mind showing us the barn and eating some raw clams with the senator from NY and sitting around the fire while some of us were out in the canoe.

Our best and prayers for you.

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.


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.