Charles Pierson, age 67, of Ruskin, Florida and a former resident of Sturgis and graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1960 passed away Friday July 9, 2010 at his home.
He was born September 22, 1942 a son of Charles Ward and Rama (Shafer) Pierson.
Chuck was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He was a life member of the Marine Corps League, Vietnam veterans Association of America and the VFW. He was also a pedigreed Devil Dog, an avid hunter, member of the Safari Club International and an avid proponent of the Boy Scouts of America.
On October 28, 1967 he married Arlene Wisler.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene, two sons, Charles “Alex” Pierson of Indianapolis, Indiana and Justin R. Pierson of Knoxville, Tennessee, one daughter, Tiffany F. (Andrew) Cline, stationed in Japan, four grandsons, Keegan R., Charles A. (Xander), Liam K. Pierson and Tyler K. Cline. Also surviving are his mother and brother Eric F. Pierson.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284 where a Marine Corp League Devil Dog memorial service will begin at 7:00 P.M. Friday. Funeral services celebrating the life of Charles W. Pierson will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis where full military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 and the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Pierson’s memory consider the Department of Michigan, Marine Corps League, Scholarship Fund, c/o: Phillip S. Smith, 7774 Patton, Detroit, MI 48228.