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John Edward Pierce

March 21, 1945November 25, 2019

On November 25, 2019, John Edward Pierce died at his home. Born on March 21, 1945, in Walla Walla, Washington, he was the only child of Baxter B. and Ruth Pierce. The son of an Air Force officer spent early years from Sacramento, CA. to Hillcrest Heights, MD. before settling in Barrington, N.J. In 1963, he entered Virginia Tech where he earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in history and began his teaching career. Next he served in the U.S. Army as a Master Instructor of nuclear munitions in the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Division of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Ft. Belvoir. A love of the Civil War took him to Penn State to earn a PhD but those studies were interrupted by 3 years as an editor of military history at Presidio Press in San Rafael, CA. Anxious to rejoin his family and return to teaching, John returned to Virginia to teach in the Waynesboro School System. For thirty years, he taught social studies, English and the gifted program. Efforts to engage his students led to recognition as: Waynesboro Teacher of the Year, Conservation Teacher of the Year, Wildlife Teacher of the Year, twice Dawburn Award winner and sponsor of three national American Express Geography competition winners and two national ExploraVision Award winners. Throughout his teaching career and especially after retirement, John relished time with his wife of 40 years. They were nearly inseparable whether on a daily walk at AMC, traveling both at home and abroad or working in the yard. A visit to their home revealed John's other passion, hunting. He was enamored with African safaris and proof of the adage that "if you go to Africa, you will return." John managed to enjoy four trips hunting and touring South Africa. John is survived by his wife, Zane; three daughters, Lisa, Amanda and Rebecca; stepson, Tom; and five grandchildren, Jake, Dixie, Mia, Autumn and Julianna. As he wished, he will be cremated and his ashes buried in Beech Grove. His funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's memory to Beech Grove Christian Church, 1207 Beech Grove Rd., Roseland, VA 22967.


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Karen Childress

December 5, 2019

Mr. Pierce was one of the best teachers I ever had. I was in the class of 1985 so it was many years ago. He had a special way he taught and kept your attention and made you eager to learn more. He was a great gentleman and a true inspiration. RIP

Forrest Burgdorf

December 3, 2019

What a wonderful teacher and person! I have many great memories of working with John Pierce at KCMS...as a new teacher collaborating with him to make my lessons stronger...as a colleague teasing him about how in one day he could have every desk piled up with papers and projects and then, *snap!* overnight it was all put away and neatly organized to begin a new school year! John touched many lives and was a true example of someone with a passion for teaching and learning! Thank you, John, for the wonderful influence both you and Zane had on me as an educator!!

Indiia Wilmott

December 1, 2019

Dr. Pierce was an incredible teacher. It was clear that he loved teaching and respected his students. I’m so grateful to him for really inspiring a love of history in me. Rest In Peace sir, you did wonderful work here.

Varlina Fomby

November 30, 2019

You will surely be missed teach! I enjoyed having you as a teacher. I remember you being my first teacher to send me to detention lol! And taught me about being on time. I will never forget those days! I had fun in your classes♥️ With love and respect rest easy doctor. I pray comfort and peace for your family.

Laurie McCullough

November 30, 2019

I will long remember John as an exemplary teacher and a professional in every sense of the word. He was consistently wise, kind, interesting, and dedicated to his students. Those of us fortunate enough to have been his colleagues have learned valuable lessons from him as well. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of him.

Shawn Terrell

November 28, 2019

What great teacher you were you taught me many great lessons about life and shared a many of hunting story wow take me back to 8th grade!!! You will truly be missed Dr. Pierce
Many thoughts and prayers to your Family.

Ralph Brewer

November 28, 2019

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Dr. Pierce was instrumental in my 8th grade education. We shared 9/11 together and when I think about that day I always remember Dr. Pierce. His memory and life will live through his family and the thousands of students who were blessed to have him.

Lynne Dixon

November 28, 2019

I had the pleasure of teaching at KCMS with John. He was such an inspiring colleague. He taught my daughters, Megan Dixon Deaton and Kara Dixon. They loved him and history came alive for them under his guidance. Megan was lucky to travel to Chincoteague with both John and his lovely wife, Zane. Zane, please know we have you and your family in our prayers.

Jeffrey Cook

November 28, 2019

I was truly blessed to have him has a teacher and a coach. Heaven received a great man. RIP COACH 🕇

Shannon Terry

November 28, 2019

I am so fortunate to have had Dr. Pierce as a colleague and mentor. What I will cherish the most is having the honor of his friendship.  Sending my love to Mrs. Pierce and condolences to the family.