He is survived by his wife Arden, son Andrew and daughter Margaret, all of Clyde, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. He passed with his beloved family at his side, finding dignity and peace as he had wished.
Bill was born June 16, 1947 in Columbus, the son of devoted parents William Howard Pearce (d. 1982), and Margaret (Walter) Pearce (d. 2002). On July 6, 1974, he wed Arden Suzanne Lucas in Ashland, and they remained married until his passing. He is preceded in death by sister Patricia, brother James and nephews John and Donald.
He graduated from Clyde High School in 1965 and matriculated at Ohio Wesleyan where he graduated in 1969 with a major in history and a minor in theology. He then attended Ohio Northern where he obtained his law degree in 1972.
He was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and served in JAG at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
Following an honorable discharge, he entered into practice as an attorney in Clyde and remained actively working until his death.
A voracious reader, Bill was a lifelong student of history and American government. He was a sportsman who especially enjoyed fishing and boating. On June 4, 1974 he attended Ten Cent Beer night at Cleveland Municipal Stadium and only spent two dollars. Bill enjoyed life and lived it in pursuit of happiness. He found no greater joy than spending time with his family. He touched countless lives with his kindness and humor and will be greatly missed by many.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 South Main St., Clyde. A private service will be held Thursday, with burial to follow in Bakertown Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Clyde Public Library, Sandusky County Humane Society and the American Cancer Society.