Karol Wyatt Pierce, age 84, of Baltimore, departed peacefully from family and friends October 7,2014, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, following a brief battle with leukemia.
Karol was born September 6, 1930, in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma, to parents Eula and Eldred Pierce; he was the second of eleven brothers and sisters. Karol shared fond memories of carefree childhood adventures in small town Cleo Springs, Waynoka, and the surrounding countryside. At age 15, Karol was struck by a train and lost his right arm; his strong will and resilience saved his life. Karol returned to high school, graduated, and attended Draughon School of Business in Oklahoma City. On May 22, 1951, he married Claudette Woolley and they moved to Washington D.C., where Karol had a position with the federal government; he later became a computer analyst. The family moved to Virginia before finding a lasting home in central Ohio, where Karol and Claudette eventually retired from DCSC. In 1976, Karol and Claudette established themselves at “Pierces Achers,” a rundown farmhouse in Baltimore, which they built into a comfortable home and family gathering place for themselves and generations of Pierces to come.
Karol is remembered by all who loved and knew him for his strength and hard-working determination, fun-loving sense of humor, kind heart, youthful spirit, and hospitality. He was a loving son, a caring and dependable brother, a generous and supportive husband and father, and a doting ‘Granddad’ idolized by his grandkids and great-grandkids. A warm friend who cherished the company and conversation of others, Karol could always be counted on. He was respected and admired by those close to him and was an inspiration to many who crossed his path.
Karol was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Sue, Shirley, and Dixie. He lives fondly in the memories of his loving wife of 63 years, Claudette Pierce; daughters Peggy (David) Johnson, Cindy Pierce, and Lisa (Jim) Burger; grandchildren Justin, Summer, Amber, Ashley, Anthony, and Nick; great-grandchildren Pierce and Autumn; siblings Gene, Garry, Larry, Ross, Collin, Eula Mae, and Merle Ann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Karol was held October 9, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church in Baltimore.