John Richardson Peirce V
Of Milford, Delaware, died Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland. He was 74.
John was born on October 27, 1936 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, son of the late John R. Peirce IV and Virginia May (Grimm) Peirce.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and up until his illness, was an active volunteer at the Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover Air Force Base.
Mr. Peirce retired from Peninsula Oil Company in Seaford on April 1, 2002, where he held the position of Safety and Environmental Director for the company. He was also the Project Manager for the construction of the Uncle Willie's convenience stores.
John looked forward to trips taken to Hatteras, North Carolina and any time he could spend with his family and friends. He also enjoyed going to yard sales, kayaking, surf fishing and Arabian horse shows.
He was always mindful of a person's responsibility to civic duties. John was a former member and past president of the Milford Jaycees, a member of the Delmarva Oil Heat Association and a member of the Arabian Horse Association of Delmarva. He was a commissioner on the State Emergency Response Commission, a past member of the Delmarva Water Transport Committee and was an early member of the Seaford Mutual Assistance Group (SMAG), an organization dedicated to preventing and mitigating hazardous material spills affecting the water.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sally E. Gluck.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Ann Burke Peirce; his daughter, Gail S. Ament and her husband John J. Ament, Jr. of Milford; two grandsons, Trevor P. Turner and Ryan P. Ament and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Rogers Funeral Home, 301 Lakeview Ave, Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions to the Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE, 19713 or to your favorite charity.