Aug. 6, 1941 — June 28, 2011
WARSAW, Ill. — Windell “Del” Piercy, 69, of Warsaw, Ill., went to his heavenly home at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Ill.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1941, in Chenoa, Ill., the son of Fate Washington Piercy and Norma Ruth Jacobs Piercy.
He married Glenadyne Rockenfield on Oct. 28, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives in Warsaw.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: three sons, Randall Warren Piercy of Jacksonville, Fla., Steven Scott Piercy of Jacksonville and Windell Warren (Kim) Piercy, II of Kenosha, Wis.; two stepsons, Gerald (Lisa) Hackemack of Lake In The Hills, Ill., and Gaylen (Amie) Hackemack of Wake Forest, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Glenda (Dave) Farkas of Quincy; six grandchildren, Joshua Steven Piercy, Randall Jacob Piercy, Matthew Warren Piercy and Jennifer Leann Piercy, all of Jacksonville, Caleb Micah Piercy - Kellerhals of Nashville, Tenn., and Ryah Elaine Piercy of Kenosha; eight stepgrandchildren, Jessica Lynn Schmidt of Jacksonville, Ashley and Amber Clark of Hamilton, Ill., Josh Farkas of Quincy, Josey and Luke Hackemack of Lake In the Hills and Hayden and Grant Hackemack of Wake Forest; a brother, Richard Fate (Carol) Piercy of Chenoa, Ill.; and a sister, Dona Jean (John) Bobbe of Mazon, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Norma Colleen Piercy; two brothers, Roger Bruce Piercy and Ronald J. Piercy; and nephews, Steven J. Piercy and Curt Piercy and Curt’s wife, Linda; and a stepgrandson, Alex Farkas.
Mr. Piercy was raised and educated in Chenoa and graduated Chenoa High School in May 1959.
He entered the United States Navy just after graduation, serving until August 1962. While in the Navy, he graduated Machinery Repairman’s School in San Diego, Calif. He served aboard the USS Barry DD-933 from December 1959 until December 1960, then served aboard the USS Yosemite AD-19 until tour of duty was finished in August 1962.
After he was out of the Navy, he moved to Southern California and was employed in the aero-space industry.
In the early 1970s he moved to Bloomington, Ill., and later to El Paso, Ill. He became an interstate truck driver for Brubaker Transfer out of Eureka, Ill., now in Goodfield, Ill., in 1973, until an accident in 1988 ended his career.
He became an ordained minister on Oct. 21, 2000, at the age of 59. He met his beloved wife, Glenadyne, in 2001 and moved to Warsaw in 2002.
He was once a member of First Baptist Church of Chenoa, First Baptist Church of El Paso, Church of the Nazarene in El Paso, and was currently a member of Bethany United Church of Christ in Tioga, Ill., where he was serving as one of three pastors. He loved his extended family, woodworking, traveling and crossword puzzles.
Most of all, he loved the Lord and doing the Lord’s work.
Visitation is after 1 p.m. Friday at Lamporte - St.Clair Funeral Home, Hamilton, with family meeting friends from 4 to 7 p.m.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany United Church of Christ, Tioga, with Pastor Joel Schlatter officiating and the Rev. Darwin Smith as honorary minister.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials have been established for Bethany United Church of Christ.
Condolences can be left online for the family at www.lamportefuneralhomes.com.