PITTSFIELD — Lloyd W. Peirce, 79, of Newport died May 21 at a health care facility following a long illness.

He was born in Exeter on July 15, 1931, the son of Lyle D. and Avis (Brann) Peirce. He was a graduate of Corinna Union Academy in the Class of 1950. He was married to Zelda (Metivier) Peirce for 51 years; she predeceased him on Oct. 19, 2008. Lloyd was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean war, serving on the USS Arneb in Cuba.

He owned and operated Lyle D. Peirce Inc., a trucking company, mainly hauling bulk milk. Lyle Peirce Inc. was started by Lyle D. Peirce of Exeter in the early 1930s and evolved to be owned and operated by Carl and Lloyd Peirce. In 1977, Lloyd and Zelda purchased the business and operated it from Newport. It is still owned and operated by Lyle D. Peirce II and family.

Lloyd was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Exeter, a former member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Maine Harness Racing Association. He owned “Fuel Pincher,” the horse of the year in 1985.

He is survived by one daughter and her husband, Roberta “Bobbie” and Tony Bryson of East Wilton; two sons and their wives, Lyle and Dianne Peirce II of Newport and Terry “Brick” and Poppy Nelson of Wilbraham, Mass.; seven grandchildren, John, Matthew, Carrie, Trent, Lyle III, Andrew and Adam; six great-grandchildren, Jack, Laura, Evan, Mark, Emily Lynn and Lake; and several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by a special friend and companion, Ann Michaud.

He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Peirce.