PORTLAND - Samuel Pierce Jr., 89, died April 20, 2009, in Portland. The son of Samuel H. Pierce Sr. and Alda Broughton Pierce, he was born May 31, 1920, in Portland.
From June 1942 to December 1945 he was in the military, where he spent the majority of his time being stationed in Florida at an Army Signal Corps base teaching the new science of radar to U.S. service personnel, as well as those of some of our allies.
He graduated from Grant High School, Reed College and Portland State University, earning a bachelor's degree in physics.
On April 22, 1943, he married Lucille Harris Pierce and together they raised four children.
Mr. Pierce lived in Portland for most of the first 65 years of his life. After his retirement he built a home in Klipsan, where he and his wife, Lucille, spent 22 years. A stroke in February 2007 caused them to move back to Portland.
While living on the Peninsula Mr. Pierce volunteered in many areas, such as the Water Music Festival Board, at PACE, helping out at the Ocean Park Timberland Library, and reading with students at Ocean Park Elementary. His church, St. Peter's Episcopal, again occupied his life; he served on the Vestry and in other volunteer positions at Peninsula Church Center. He was especially proud of the achievement of the Organ Committee on which he served, that acquired the magnificent pipe organ in the sanctuary. He was a charter member of the Peninsula Rotary Club, where he served a term as president. In retirement he had enough time to play all the golf he desired on the Peninsula courses and he belonged to Astoria Golf Club.
Mr. Pierce was devoted to his family and friends and nothing took precedence over that. Frequent trips to Portland, Seattle or New York to be with his children and grandchildren meant lots of miles on the car or in a plane.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Samuel III (Karen) Pierce of Portland and Gregory (Susan) Pierce of Seattle; daughters, Nancy P. (Douglas) Hogan of Northport, N.Y. and Julie (Wayne) Huisman of Silverton, Ore.; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews in Portland and Seattle.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, May 30 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Portland. A gathering in his remembrance will also be held on the Peninsula from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at 21909 Pacific Highway (Sea Pines), in Klipsan Beach at the home of Louise Wilkinson and Tom Kastor.
Memorials are suggested to either St. Peter's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 268, Seaview, WA 98644 or Providence Hospital, 6410 N.E. Halsey, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213.