Family Login:

Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce

Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce
  • March 27, 1929 - September 7, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • 877-596-7776
  • All Species Kinship (ASK)
    P.O. Box 4055
    Battle Creek, MI 49016

Share This Obituary
Resources

Send Flowers
 Local Florists


Memories & Candles

“Kit,Sorry for you loss. I am glad that I got the opportunity to meet your dad.Dizzy ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Dizzy Warren - KALAMAZOO, MI

“Cheryl, Kit and family. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Patricia Wank Wank - battle creek, MI

“Sorry for your lost, he will truly be miss. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: John & Elaine DAMON - Bellevue, MI

“Spent many night over there growing up with Shawn. Always treated me with respect and kindness. He would always let me know how much he loved his...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Christopher Ledbetter - Climax, MI

“Cheryl, Kit and family you are in my thoughts and prayers as I remember your dad and wish you comfort. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Jackie & Gary Gillings - MI

“Bob and Pat were longtime friends with my mom and dad, Bob and Donna White. When I was a little girl I remember your parents and my parents playing...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Kathie Brown - Battle Creek,, MI

“Our family wants to offer our deepest condolences in the passing of Robert. It's hard for us to find the words that might bring you comfort at this...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy, Mike, Kathy Pasche - MI

“Prayers and Hugs to family. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kerrie & Al Jackson - Plainwell, MI

“KitI remember the Hunt Club days. You & your dad, us riding, eating at the Bayview.Those were great times.Michelle Price ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Kit,So sorry for your loss. Prayer be with you.Michelle & Richard ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and Prayers to the family. I have only known Mr Bob for a short time but he and Opie have become a very special part of my family I will...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Robin Osenbaugh - Bellevue, MI

“I had many a laugh with Bob and Pat. A very special man who would help anyone out. Lots of nights with them and Cheryl and friends watching Kit sing. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: randall ellis - Largo, FL

“I had the pleasure to meet Bob and thought he was a wonderful man who loved his family dearly. Hugs and prayers to his family and friends. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Robin Nowakowski - Scotts, MI

“Dearest Cheryl, Kit and family,We are all heartbroken with the loss of your dear father. We, as well as many others loved him desperately too!His...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: The Sookhai Family Sookhai - MI

“Sorry to hear about your loss Cheryl and Kit. Prayers of strength to you and the family during this difficult time. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Borgerson - Fort Wayne, IN

“Cheryl, Kit, and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs as you go through this difficult time. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Borgerson - Fort Wayne, IN


Patriotic Emblem

Robert Roe "Bob" Pierce, 89, of Battle Creek, died unexpectedly at home the morning of September 7, 2018. Bob was born at Nichols Hospital in Battle Creek, MI on March 27, 1929, to Bessie (Roe) and Clyde Pierce. His father died when Bob was 14 months old. Bessie later married Ed Fuller. Bob attended Fremont Elementary School and WK Kellogg Junior High School. He completed tenth grade at Battle Creek Central High School, and continued his senior high school education at Georgia Military Academy in College Park, GA, graduating in 1947.

After graduation, Bob worked for a year in Little Rock, AR at a family-owned insurance company. In 1949, he moved home to Battle Creek and worked as a billing clerk in the freight office at Michigan Central and at Goss Printing, where he met his future wife, the late Patricia Ann (Barton) Pierce, whom he married July 29, 1950.

Bob had just started working at Post Cereal when he was called up to serve in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He completed basic training at Ft. Ord in California before attending mountain climbing school at Camp Carson, CO. From there he was assigned to serve in the mountain troops in St. Johann, Austria, where he completed his mountain training and graduated from NCO School.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Bob returned to Battle Creek and his job at Post, where he remained until 1956. He then worked at Clark Equipment until October of 1957. At that time he went into the insurance business with Equitable of New York until 1962, when he left to work at the John Ter Avest Agency, then on to the Confederation Life Insurance Company. In 1963, he designed and installed the first optimal credit disability program for credit unions, the first of its kind in the county.

In 1965, Bob decided to specialize in credit insurance full time and joined the team at Kenny Corporation. In 1977, he left Kenny Corporation to start the Credit Insurance Agency, his own credit insurance business, from which he retired in 1994 at the age of 65.

Bob served on the local board of the Salvation Army for 27 years, chairing it for three. He also served as the president of the Battle Creek Association of Life Underwriters. He was elected Commodore of the Singapore Yacht Club in Saugatuck, MI; was a member of the Battle Creek Country Club; and a member of the South Central Advocacy Council of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Bob cherished his family, often telling them, "I love you desperately." He thoroughly enjoyed sports and the outdoors. He was an avid tennis and football player in middle and high school and later in the service. In his early grandfather years, his grandson's football prowess was his pride and joy. He loved hunting, especially with his nephews and his father-in-law; boating; skiing; fishing in Alaska; being a gentleman farmer; and traveling in his motorhomes.

Bob always had a dog at his side. We are certain that Mitzie, Schatzie, Schauna, Braun, Aries, Charme, Bambi, Champ, Foxy, and Opie welcomed him with sloppy kisses and wagging tails of joy at their reunion.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pat; and sisters, Thelma and Barbara Jean (Pierce) Halbert.

He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Pierce of Battle Creek, and Kristin "Kit" LeBlanc of Climax, MI; his granddaughter, Tricia LeBlanc and her fiancé, Joshua Jackson of Scotts, MI; his grandson, Shaun (Kelly) LeBlanc of Kalamazoo, MI; his granddaughter, Heather LeBlanc of Battle Creek; and several nieces and nephews, three of whom were more like sons to him: Bob Halbert of St. Petersburg, FL; Alan Halbert of Bellevue, MI; and Scott Halbert of Battle Creek.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care where funeral services to celebrate Bob's life will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2018. Interment will follow at Gilson Cemetery, Climax Township. Memorial contributions may be made to All Species Kinship. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Bob may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.