James Elmer Pierce, 83 of Danville, went to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Autumn Fields Adult Community in Hoopeston, surrounded by his loving family. Born July 7, 1932 in Rankin, IL to John and Ilo (Foley) Pierce. He graduated from Danville High School in 1950. Jim then worked at Commercial-News as a printer apprentice and was soon after drafted into the US Army. Jim served three years during the Korean War significant duty at Ft. Huachuea, Arizona. Upon returning from his service, he was hired on at General Motors. He worked for General Motors from 1953 until his retirement in 1977, where he worked on the line and later as a supervisor. Jim joined the American Legion Post 210 in 1953 and is a Past Commander. During his 62 years, he received the Legionaire of the Year Award in 2010 and Legionaire Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. Jim served 30 years on the Post 210 Honor Guard. He was an active member in the Voiture 405, 40 & 8, Chef de Gare Passe, and promoted the Nurses Scholarship Fund Program. Charles W. Baldwin (Step-father) sponsored Jim in the Masonic Lodge where he became a 32nd degree Mason, Lifetime Member. Jim and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially 25 winters in Tombstone, AZ where he rode horses, rounded up cattle, and lived the cowboy life.
On May 8, 1951 Jim married the love of his life, Evelyn “Bod” Phillips, and the two were inseparable until her death in 2002. Surviving Jim are their two children: Delores (Mark) Hampton of Naples, FL and Jay (Karen) Pierce of Hoopeston, IL; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife “Bod”, and five siblings: Jean, Shirley, John Phillip, and Margaret. After the passing of his wife, Jim enjoyed the companionship of Judith King who proceeded him in death in 2013. Survived by Judy’s daughter Vina Thompson.
A visitation will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 from 4-7pm at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams Street in Danville, with honor guard by American Legion Post 210, and Masonic services by Olive Branch 38 at 3:45pm. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, December 8th at 11am, with a service to celebrate Jim’s life following at noon at Pape’s. Pastor Matt Filicsky will be officiating, and following services Jim will be laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery. Military honors will be done by American Legion Post 210 Honor Guard.
Messages and memories may be left on our website at www.papefuneral.com, or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials may be made in Jim’s name to The American Legion Post 210 in Danville, 40 & 8 Nurse’s Scholarship Fund or Honor Guard, The American Heart Association, 2542 Farragut Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704, The VA Illiana Health Care Systems, Attn: Volunteer Services, 1900 East Main Street, Danville, 61832 or the Charity of your choice.