Jack was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Gideon, the third child and second son of Dick and Vitice (Bailey) Pierce. He was married on June 5, 1976, in Jefferson City to Juanita "Nita" Higgins.
Jack graduated from Gideon High School in 1955 and signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played professional baseball in the summer months and attended college at Southeast Missouri State University during the winters from 1955 until 1960. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
He traveled for Wilson Sporting Goods from 1960 until 1965 and officiated both high school and college basketball games. He was employed by the State of Missouri in various positions and completed work on his Masters in Public Administration in 1992. He retired from the State of Missouri in 1992.
In 1993, he became a lobbyist until retirement in 2007. Jack was still lobbying for the Missouri Sheriffs Retirement System and was appointed to the LAGERS board as a citizen trustee in 2008.
In 1998, he was awarded the first public pension achievement award from the Missouri Association of Public Employees Retirement Systems.
An avid golfer, Jack was a member of the Jefferson City Country Club where he had two holes-in-one.
Survivors include his wife and the love of his life for 34 years, Juanita "Nita" Pierce; three sons, Chuck Pierce and his wife, Denise, of Jefferson City, Hank Pierce and his wife, Lori, of Rogers, Ark., and David Meyer and his wife, Le Ann, of Jefferson City; three daughters, Cyndi Bloomer and her husband, Larry, and Connie Henley and her husband, Ken, all of Jefferson City, and Dawn Keating of Overland Park, Kan.; one sister, Kaye Cronan and her husband, Bob, of Malden; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents , one brother, W.R. Pierce, Jr., one sister, Hattie Ellen Bodine, and one daughter, Becky Jackson on May 16, 2010.
Visitation was held at Freeman Mortuary on Tuesday, June 8. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, June 9, in the Freeman Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.