November 10, 2010

William Pierce, Sr.

William A. “Bill” Pierce, Sr., 60, of Williston, N.D., and owner of Pierce’s Steak House, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at Trinity Medical Center in Minot with his family by his side. His funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at New Hope Wesleyan Church in Williston. Pastors Tom Karp and Gary Seaton officiated, and interment followed at Hillside Memory Gardens in Williston. Friends may sign the online register and give their condolences at
William (Bill) Pierce, Sr. was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Williston, son of Preston Pierce and Violet Schmidt.  After Preston and Violet divorced, Everett Pierce became Bill’s father figure. He was raised and educated in Williston, and graduated from Williston High School in 1969. He furthered his education at Minot State.
 He was united in marriage to Carol Brown on March 23, 1985. They made their home in Wolf Point, Mont., where they operated Pierce’s Super Stop. They then moved to Watford City, N.D., where they ran the American Legion and Supper Club for five years. They made their current home in Williston in 1992, where they established Pierce’s Steakhouse.
 Bill was a lifetime member of the N.R.A. His interests included guns, coins, and muscle cars. His true passion was his work, and he took great pride in his steaks. He loved conversing with his family and employees about the Bible and politics. He will be greatly missed by many.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carol, of Williston; three children, Bill (Shelly) Pierce, Jr. and their children, Lakyn, Allise, Ashton and Benjamin; Jaydee (Dustin) Mortenson and their children, Kaylee, Breanne, Austin and Levi; Jason (Vanessa) Eggebrecht and their children, Austin, Payten, Kailer and Ella, all of Williston; four brothers, Jim Pierce of Kalispell, Mont., Larry (Carol) Pierce of Sidney, Mont., Raymond (Judy) Pierce of Williston, Skip (Doris) Pierce of Williston. and sister, Nancy (David) Reitan of Arizona; and several special aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Violet; his step-father, Everett; and father, Preston; and his grandparents.