William Robert Pierson went to Heaven to be with Jesus and his beloved “Margie” on Saturday, November 30, 2019. He was known by some as “Bill” and others as “Bob”. He was born in Bakersfield (Oildale), California, on October 1, 1925, where he lived until moving to Arroyo Grande in 1955. His parents were P.F. (Frank) & Laura Pierson. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. He married Marjorie Kurth on Valentine’s Day 1946. He retired from Pacific Telephone Company after 35 years of service in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, and Teheran, Iran (1976 & 1977 with American Bell International). He was an active member of the Arroyo Grande Lions Club for as long as his health allowed. He was Past Master of Arroyo Lodge No. 274 F&AM. He was also a faithful member of the Arroyo Grande First United Methodist Church. He attended Standard Elementary School in Oildale, Kern County Union High School (now known as Bakersfield High School) in Bakersfield, Princeton University and College of Pacific. He is survived by 3 daughters: Lynn (George) Stewart of Arroyo Grande, Barbara (Thomas) Ralph of Arroyo Grande, and Rebecca (Roy) Gibson of Littleton, Colorado; 7 grandchildren, Ken Hunstad (Summer), Amy Williams, Jason Stewart (Jennifer), Sandra Bourbon, Jeanine Woodman (Bob), Robert Gibson (Carly) & Gretchen Aragon (Chris); 14 great-grandchildren, Joseph Williams, Cassie Davis (Jonny), Jessica Williams, Madison Hunstad, Makenzie Stewart, Lily Stewart, Drake Bourbon, Ronan Gibson, Rhys Gibson, Lorelei Gibson, Georgette Woodman, Josephine Woodman, Vince Aragon & Jake Aragon; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Matthew Williams, Arianna Davis, Liam Davis & Mason Baybayan; an assortment of nieces and nephews and 2 sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Norma Thompson), brother (Dr. James Pierson), wife (Marjorie), and grandson (Matthew Stewart).
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 12, at the First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Rd., Arroyo Grande.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4-7 p.m. at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel.
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