OTISFIELD – Myron H. Pierce, Colonel, U.S. Army retired, 88, of South Paris, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 12, in Otisfield.

He was born in Bethel, Jan. 28, 1921, the son of Floreston and Wilma Kimball Pierce Sr. He graduated from West Paris High School, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono and his master’s degree from Gorham State Teachers College and he attended the National War College.

He was a career Army man attaining the rank of colonel and retiring from the Army Reserves. He was a business education teacher and coach at Old Orchard Beach and Oxford Hills High schools, he retired in 1980, and was the director of Vocational Region 11 for a couple of years.

He was past commander and quartermaster of the Floyd Harlow VFW Post 9787, a member of Foster-Carroll American Legion Post 72, Joshua Chamberlain Chapter 69 of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Military Officers Association of America.

He was one of the people instrumental in getting the Maine Veterans’ Home located in South Paris. He was also past master of Saccarappa Masonic Lodge in Westbrook, a member of St. Albans Commandry, Oxford Council Royal and Select Masters, the Oxford County Shrine Club and served as secretary for many years. He belonged to the Scottish and York Rite Masons, Oxford County Retired Teachers Association, Odd Fellows, AARP, the NRA and was a former selectman for the town of Paris.

He was a trustee of the Solid Waste Board and received the community service award from the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. He also attended Deering Memorial United Methodist Church. He was married to Georgette Gendron in 1958, she died July 15, 2002.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Robert McGuire of West Gardiner; his son, Michael of Kinnelon, N.J.; brothers and sisters, Maurice Pierce of Brewer, Alice Keddy of Gorham, Nina and Warren Hayes of Shelburne, N.H., Maxine and Hugh Roak of North Waterford, Floreston Jr. and his companion, Nancy, of West Bath and Geraldine and Eugene Deshon of South Paris; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Franklin.

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