- December 10, 1925 - June 28, 2012
- Toano, Virginia
of Pierce's Passing
- Memorial donations may be made to the:
Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center
1601 Broad Rock Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23224
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Pierce Robertson, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012. He was born December 10, 1925, in Winter Garden, FL, to Pierce and Ruby (Quigg) Robertson.
Pierce lived most of his life in Orlando, FL, except for his college and army days, and the last few years, which he spent in Richmond, VA. He was a standout in Orlando High School football, basketball and track. He received a scholarship to play football for the University of Georgia Bulldogs when he graduated at the age of 17. He played for one year (1945) and was a rising star, but when he turned 18 he was drafted into the military. He became a United States Marine, and as part of the 4th Marine Division, participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was wounded twice while there and received the Presidential Unit Citation as well as the Purple Heart. He was one of only 11 survivors out of his company of 250.
Upon his return to Orlando after the war, he was trained as a Surveyor. During his career, Pierce helped survey parts of Disney World when it was being built, especially the monorail and the Contemporary Hotel Resort. He surveyed for over 50 years.
In 2000, he was honored as Veteran of the Year in Florida by the Elks Club and was a guest and VIP at the opening of the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA.
He was married to Grace Louise Pulley Robertson on February 6, 1970 and they were married for 40 years before her passing. He had five children: two sons, Richard Lodge (Nancy), of Hertford, NC, and Edward C. Rendleman (Beth) of McLeansville, NC; and three daughters, Linda Raskopf (Gary) of Winter Haven, FL, Carol Sassard (Gary) of Altamonte Springs, FL, and Jean Lucca (Steven) of Toano, VA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, July 2 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Military Services will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at Quantico National Cemetery at 12:00 noon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Katherine Smith Home Alzheimer's Unit, Moose International Headquarters, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539, www.MooseCharities.org or Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center, 1601 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23224. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.