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Robert “Bob” Pierson, age 86, of rural Kaneville, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Saturday, January 20, 2018.
He was born June 25, 1931, at his family home, to proud parents, Bert and Ruth (Tebell) Pierson, in Aurora, IL.
Bob grew up in Aurora and attended local schools. Despite a mischief streak a mile wide, he graduated with a smile from West Aurora High School with the class of 1949.
Bobâ€™s love story began like many of his generation, at Longâ€™s Barn. It is ironic because Bob had two left feet, no rhythm, but he only had eyes for Phyllis Long. Their courtship was interrupted by his time in the service. As a parting gift before he left, Bob got down on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand. A month after his return, Bob and Phyllis were united in marriage on May 9, 1954 at Phyllisâ€™ parentâ€™s home, surrounded by a countryside of family and friends. They began their new life together on the farm and welcomed three children, four grandchildren and greatly anticipated one great-grandchild thatâ€™s on the way. A million memories were made, each one golden and unforgettable.
Following his graduation, Bob worked for Lyon Metal for a time before answering the call of his country. Bob served in United States Army until his honorable discharge in April of 1954. Upon returning to civilian life, Bob began working again at Lyon Metal before starting a prestigious 35 year career at Plano Molding. During his tenure, he built from scratch many products used worldwide today. He owned three different patents and made a name for himself through hard work and dedication to his tool and die craft. He laid down his tools and retired in 1989, but never stopped working. Bob busied himself helping his son, Dale on his farm. When not in the fields, Bob continued his adventure in woodworking and concentrated on his garden which yielded a bountiful harvest of vegetables every season. In addition, Bob was the quintessential “Jack Of All Trades”; if it was broken, he could fix it. The only talent he never delved into was cooking. Frying an egg is a far as he got, and for Bob that was more than enough!
Bob was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora and the Sugar Grove American Legion, Post 1271.
Bob had a keen eye for the bargains found at local garage sales, and was often bookended by his daughters. Bob never was a sports fan, but open a board game and look out! He was the master at many games including Monopoly, checkers, and Rummy. Bobâ€™s strong competitive streak extended to playing croquet, and fishing at the creek with his grandkids. He always won the competition of who caught the first, biggest and the most bluegills. Bob was the best friend you could ever have and he made a point to stop by and visit just about anyone. His was a familiar face around the community, his arms often laden with vegetables and a smile that could brighten a room. His loss looms large and the shadow of his absence will cover the countryside, but his memories will forever lighten hearts of all who loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Phyllis Pierson; three children: Dale (Tina) Pierson, Diane Pierson and Joyce (Carl) Kuhn; four grandchildren: Heather (Tyson) Dollinger, Trent Pierson, Brian Kuhn and Jeff Kuhn; one great-grandchild on the way; one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Pierson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a friend around every corner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Ruth Pierson; one brother, Henry Pierson; a sister Ruth (Harvey) Evans as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119. Rev. Dave Bateman will officiate the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bobâ€™s name to benefit the Kaneville Historical Society. Checks may be made to the “Kaneville Historical Society” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com
A funeral service at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119. Rev. Dave Bateman will officiate the service
Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119.
Burial will be private.