Alan Pierce, 68, of Bismarck, ND passed away peacefully after a prolonged decline in his health on January 29, 2024 at his home. Early that morning, the clouds lifted and he was ushered to heaven.
Alan will be deeply missed by his family, friends, housemates and his staff who have been an instrumental part of his daily life.
Alan was born on November 28th, 1955 to Alice and Floyd Pierce in Dickinson, ND.
He attended Scranton Public School for a number of years and had fond memories of his classmates who would spend time with him and include him in their activities, read to him, as he loved being read to, and all of the faculty and teachers who assisted him during his time there. Alan always had a place in his heart for birds as he could name almost any bird that he happened to see from all the time he spent looking at beautiful bird book pictures. He would feed and watch birds for hours at a time, listening to them sing. In his younger years, he would ride his favorite motor cross bike all over the farm… and to places where he shouldn’t (LOL) as he enjoyed the freedom and the thrill of the ride. He liked to go camping, out to eat at his favorite restaurant Red Lobster where he went for his last birthday celebration, and go for rides and back to the farm when he could.
Alan was a movie watcher; John Wayne and any Western was his favorite, until Elvis arrived on the scene. He was so enamored with Elvis; movies, music, cups/mugs and blankets that he would often tell his support staff to call him Elvis. Johny Cash was a close second!
Alan was able to go on some amazing trips over the years to Hawaii and Las Vegas and loved talking about his experiences. He was proud of his participation in Special Olympics and all of the trophies and medals he had won. Alan proudly displayed them in his room and when you came to visit, he would love to point those accomplishments out.
We’ve all been blessed to have known him and he had so much help along the way. To those who loved him, assisted him, and taught him things so that he could have the most wonderful happy life possible; we all say thank you. Alan was blessed beyond measure by knowing all of you and that is what had made his life worthwhile.
Alan was preceded in death by his father Floyd Charles Pierce, who died on March 19, 2004 and his mother Alice Phoebe (Hinkleman) Pierce, who died June 2, 2014; both whom he loved dearly.
He is survived by his brother Melvin Pierce (wife Charlene), David Pierce (wife Denise) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be 11:00 AM (CST), Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with lunch being served after the service.
Burial will be at 11:00 AM (MDT), Monday, February 5, 2024 at Pierce Congregational Cemetery, Scranton, ND (17 miles north of Scranton off of Highway 67) with a light lunch to follow at Pierce Congregation Church.