Mernie Pierce
Stations - FAT
March 25, 2008


Mernie Pierce was born in Portland, Oregon in 1916, and died on Tuesday morning, March 25 , 2008, in Fresno, California. He led a long and amazing life. On his own since the age of 13, he managed to pack more adventures into his time on earth than most people can imagine. He was a fine athlete, a record-holding sprinter, and he worked with horses, built walls, trails and bridges in the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps, and in 1937 married the love of his life, Marie Large . Mernie was a radio operator on a B-17 in World War II. His aircraft was shot down on his 13th mission and he spent 13 months in Stalag 17, a German prison camp. Upon his return, he and Marie raised two lucky children, Paul and Alirene. Mernie drove trucks, worked for the City of Fresno Parks Department, and was a station agent for Hughes Air West when he left to begin a very busy retirement. He was a Master Mason and Past Master of the Sierra Center Lodge in Oakhurst. Mernie was a literal mason too; he loved to lay bricks, and every place he ever lived reflected his skill. He was a model railroader and took particular pride in the detailed scale buildings he created. He always had a workshop, and always made space in it for his kids. In later years, he spent hours writing his memoirs. His friends and family miss him deeply. He left three granddaughters, Crystal, Heather and Darrow; and two great-grandsons. LISLE FUNERAL HOME 1606 'L' Street Fresno, Ca. (559)266-0666
Published in the Fresno Bee on 4/6/2008.