In Memory

William Pierce

Saturday, January 2, 1999 (Billings Gazette)

Bill and Jan Pierce

Bill and Jan's life journey together started on a seventh grade hayride. They both grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings Senior in 1967. They both graduated from EMC. They were married Aug. 22, 1970, in Billings.

Jan taught school in Billings for several years. Bill worked in the family business, managing Pierce Mobile Homes and RVs.

Their lives were devoted to their three daughters, Kristin (Thad) Larson, Katie and Rebecca Pierce, and grandson, Beau Larson, all of Billings.

``Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is and wings to fly away and exercise what has been taught them.''

They were the best parents in the world.

In addition to their family, Bill and Jan loved their friends, dogs, traveling and life in general. Bill enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Bill is best remembered for his wonderful sense of humor. Jan enjoyed shopping, reading, aerobics and cross-stitching. Jan is best remembered for making her home a home filled with love.

Bill was a member of the Billings Rotary Club, past president of Billings Aquatic Club, and past president of Montana Mobile Home Dealers Association. Jan was a past member of Junior Women's Club.

Surviving Bill is his mother, Dorothy Pierce, and brother, Ron (Linda) Pierce, and sons, Russell and Jake of Billings; and his sister, Sandra (Charlie) Robinson and children, Chuck and Cynthia of Houston, Texas, and Melissa (Marshall) Branch of Port Angeles, Wash.

Surviving Jan is her mother, Florence Richardson, and her sister, Claudia (Jack) Bayne and children, Melissa Bayne and Mark (Kara) Bayne.


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07/10/17 08:56 AM #1    

John Armstrong

What a great guy! Bill died tragically as a hero saving his family. He and his life long love and friend, Jan, were deeply involved in planning our BSHS reunions. I went to school with Bill and Jan from 7th through 12th grades. Bill was always a positive personality with his jokes and smiles. I never saw him take anything too serious. My condolensces to his friends and family. He and Jan are both sorely missed.

08/31/17 08:29 AM #2    

Bruce Litwin

Bill was one of my closest friends in high school. Good guy, funny and a habitual prankster. We had many good parties at his house. His folks were the best. I double dated with him and Jan a number of times and was not surprised at all when they got married as they were inseparable.  I used to see both of them every time I was in Billings to visit my parents. Bill and Jan were very gracious and had my wife and me over to dinner at their house several times. The story of Bill’s death is the story of Bill. Heroic and ready to jump in whenever and wherever there was a need. I miss him.

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