GWINN, MI. - Joseph James Pierce, 55, of Gwinn, died Sunday evening, May 4, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital.
He was born November 19, 1958, in Garden City, Michigan, a son of the late Joseph R. and Elsie May (Pierce) Pierce.
Joseph was first employed at a fence company in Mt. Pleasant, worked various jobs over the years and most recently was employed as an auto mechanic. He will be remembered as a "Jack of all trades".
His interests included fishing, hunting, watching his grandson race at the Sands Motor Speedway, but mostly, time with all his grandchildren.
On September 25, 1980 Joseph married Troxanne Martin in Ypsilanti, MI and she survives him. He is also survived by children, Madlene Bennett, Dallas Wright, Frank Bennett, Angela Alexander and Elizabeth Fautz; step-daughter, Dawn (Alfred Sr.) Atherton; grandchildren, Tiffany (Brandon) Strohm of Gwinn, Brianna (Jonathan) Thwing of Soddy Daisy, TN, Jada Scott of Dunlap, TN, Jordan Bennett of Dunlap, TN, Carrie Bennett of Dunlap, TN, Madison Stafford of Dunlap, TN and Tara Bennett of Harrison, MI; step-grandchildren, Josh Strohm, Alfred Atherton, Jr., William Saari, Michael (Cassie) Lemoyne, all of Gwinn and Jessica (Robert) Twork of Harrison, MI; and great-grandchildren, Dillion, Allyssia, Landon and Skyler Strohm, all of Gwinn, Haylee & Hunter Burnett and Cora Thwing of Soddy Daisy, TN, Jaylynn Clark of Dunlap, TN and Michael Lemoyne Jr. of Gwinn.
Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nikki Scott.
In accordance with Joseph's wishes, there will be a private family celebration at a later date.
The Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com