WOOSTER - Huntley Gilbert Pierce was born to Frank and Mabel (Miller) Pierce on Dec. 8, 1915, on a small farm between Huntley and Gilberts, Illinois. He married the love of his life, Beatrice "Bea" (Hersman) on Jan. 8, 1947. Bea, a 1941 Salem High School grad, passed away on 12/12/2001. He is happy to be reunited with Bea and all his family and friends with God in Heaven on March 23, 2013.
Huntley managed Isaly's in Salem, Ohio and was an Isaly's Dairy Corporation District Manager in the 1930s and 1940s (where he also had the privilege of making the first Klondike bar!). He left Isaly's for Wooster in 1949.
Huntley then opened up his "dream" in 1952 Pierce's Sporting Goods and Athletic Supplies in Wooster. Pierce's was a family business with Bea as Office Administrator, and, daughter, Janet, helping on the retail floor and in the office. Huntley loved being able to work with coaches and schools supplying them with all their uniforms and equipment. Coaches loved that Huntley would always make sure they got exactly what they needed promptly at a fair price. He took great joy in helping customers find just the right fishing lure, the perfect fit of tennis shoes, the right grip on a golf club, or even the perfect board game for a family evening.
Huntley loved sports! At Poland High School (1933 graduate) he was a championship basketball center, a wrestler, a football player, a track star, and was on the tennis team all while taking care of the family dairy farm. But Huntley's favorite passion became golf and fishing after he opened Pierce's. Huntley still holds the record in Maryland for the number of blue fish caught in one outing during a fishing trip in Ocean City, Md.
Huntley was a 78-year member of Kiwanis and inducted into its Legion of Honor, was a 57-year member of the Wooster Shriner's Masonic Ebenezer Lodge No. 0033, was a member of the Wooster Country Club, was a member of Ohio State Council of Retail Merchants and the National Sporting Goods Association of Chicago, was on the Board of Advisors for the Winchester Firearms Co., and served on the business advisory council for Outdoor Life Magazine. He also actively served on many other community charities and committees.
Huntley loved his family! Bea, Huntley, and, daughter, Janet Pierce of Bay Village loved traveling, visiting historic places, watching theater and concerts and sports, playing golf, and many other activities. He enjoyed sharing many Buehler's ham loaf dinners with his son, Jack (Carol) Pierce of Sandusky (formerly of Salem). Huntley enjoyed many holidays and special occasions with his granddaughters, Leigh (Mark) Delbecq of Columbus, and Julie (Keith) Kobasher of Sandusky (both formerly of Salem), and his three great grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with Bea's Hersman and Knoedler relatives of the Salem and Damascus areas.
In his retired years, he enjoyed his other dream of a second home in Ft. Myers, Fla., and was a seasonal resident there for more than 20 years. He most recently was a resident of Bay Village, Ohio, living with his daughter, Janet. Huntley celebrated his 97th birthday this past December 8th with 40 family members and friends with a large golf-themed cake that included a working mini golf cart!
Services will be held this Saturday, March 30th at noon at Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, Ohio. Calling hours precede the services at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will take place immediately afterward at Wooster Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the "Wayne County Community Foundation" for the "Huntley and Bea Pierce Sports Scholarship Fund", 517 N. Market St., Wooster, Ohio, 44691.