May 6, 1926 ~ October 10, 2018

Born in: Kokomo, Indiana,
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

William Gordon Pearce, age 92, filed his last flight plan and met his last sailing board to be with God October 10, 2018. Bill, better known as 'The Ancient Mariner', was born May 6, 1926, in Kokomo, Indiana. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He served 28 years with the U.S. Navy flying as an Aviation Radioman. As a civilian, he sailed as a Radio Electronics Officer in the Merchant Marine for 20 years. Those ships took him to 5 continents and 70 countries. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ruth Anne, his son, Jeff (Sherrie) Pearce, daughter, Julie Powell, brother-in-law, John Lamb, grandchildren, Scott Pearce, Elizabeth (Matt) Atwood, Christopher Powell, and great granddaughter, Abigail Atwood. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Rubye Pearce, and sister, Edris Jo Hopkins. He was a charter member of the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society, serving as secretary, Public Affairs Officer, and docent for 22 years at the aircraft museum. Bill was a member of a number of veteran's organizations including the Navy League, American Legion, VFW, and TREA. He was also a member of Elks Lodge #90, Masonic Lodge #95, Al Kaly Shrine, and Southern Colorado Consistory. Bill was an avid amateur radio operator, member of ARRL, and the local Ham Club. Radio and airplanes were his life. The family would like to thank Bruce McCandless Community Living Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for the loving care provided during the past three years. A memorial service will be held at Central Christian Church, 1902 N. Hudson, Pueblo, October 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to PHAS, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, CO 81001, Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or Vacation Bible School at Central Christian Church,1902 N. Hudson, Pueblo, CO 81001. Online condolences,

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  1. RuthAnne,
    My heart aches to hear of Bill’s passing. I know he is with our Lord. Bill was a great man, i always enjoyed visiting with him while i was at your home cleaning. I take great pride in calling you friends, even though you were my employers. I have missed our visits, you both are very dear to my heart.
    Please know your family is in my prayers for God’s peace, comfort & strength through this time.
    God Bless,
    Jane (Jim) Benitez

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