Ralph Edwin Pierce Sr.

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Ralph Edwin Pierce Sr., 91, of Phoenix and Payson, died Dec. 14, 2005 in Phoenix. He was born Jan. 8, 1914 in Continental, Ohio.

Mr. Pierce was a World War II veteran. He retired from Kennecott Copper Corporation, and was a member of First Baptist Church, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He belonged to the Payson Senior Center, where he loved to play cards and pool; he also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his children: Ralph Edwin (Linda) Pierce, Jr.; James Madison (Donna) Pierce; Susan Kay (Ron) McGaughey; Eddy Lee (Delores) Pierce; and Beverly Grace Pierce.

Mr. Pierce was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Violet Grace Pierce, and son, Thomas Allen Pierce.

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive, Payson. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, with interment in Mountain Meadows Memorial Park.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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