Jon S. Pierce of Naples, FL – beloved husband of Marilyn (Thibaudeau) Pierce, died peacefully on November 8th. Jon was born in Highland Park, MI on November 3, 1944 to the late Stanley and Florence (Moldovan) Pierce. He grew up in Detroit, graduating Cass Tech High School and receiving his BA in Business from Michigan State University.
He began his career at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin, where he met the love of his life, Marilyn, and together they moved to New York City. He then joined Avon Products and was promoted through successive management positions in Delaware, Chicago, NYC and Kansas City. In 1985, he and Marilyn founded Business Temporary Services (BTS) in Overland Park, KS and were honored to be named one of America’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. 500 magazine. He was extremely proud to have employed hundreds of workers at the pinnacle of their business. Jon was named “Optimist of the Year” in 1990-91 and Optimist Club Chairman and President in 1992 for the Shawnee Mission chapter. They sold BTS in 1994, retired, and moved to Naples where he and Marilyn became active and contributing members of Quail Creek Country Club.
In addition to his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his son, Jeffrey Pierce and wife, Jeannine of Chicago, IL; daughter, Christine Pierce and husband Trevor Dellecave of Marina del Rey, CA. Four beautiful granddaughters, Mary Kate, Madeline, Abigail (Pierce) and Sloane (Dellecave). He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Diane Gbur along with many cherished aunts and uncles.
Jon lived a life of integrity and succeeded in making his friends and acquaintances feel special and better about themselves. His smile and laughter will be missed forever and he will always remain in our hearts. Our memories will comfort us in our time of grief.
A memorial service will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church (7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road) at 11am Monday, November 13th. In lieu flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in his name to the Salvation Army or Avow Hospice (1095 Whippoorwill Lane).