I'm just a back woods country girl that got thrown into the city as a young adult and forever yearned to find my way back to where I had came from. Married too young, had four children in 7 years, and ended up a single mother. Remarried, uh oh.., that one didn't work either. Got my three living children raised and through high school (whew)and like a fool, tried the marrying thing again. It's been 10 years, and I'm still hanging in there. I'm the kind of person that gets along much better with animals than I do people. There are two things that I love, that I just can't get enough of,.. my animals, and my family history. Searching the counties of the places my ancestors lived, and learning about the lives they chose fills me with more wonder. The strength and hardships that they endured lives on only in the memory of what has been, now a never ending paper trail. There and only there is where it stops. Unless someone like me picks it up and continues to carry it forward. So this is my destiny.
My animals. That being my two King Charles Cavalier spaniels, and my two quarter horses. Fondly known as 'my boys' (the dogs), and "my girls", the horses.
Dennis V. (Denny) Pierce was born to V. John and Deane Pierce on September 30, 1948 in Fairbury, NE and was raised in Fairbury, Reynolds and Gibbon, NE. Denny lost his battle with cancer at his home in Spring Creek, NV on July 23, 2011, surrounded by his family and pets, as he wanted. Services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Parkway Baptist Church, 836 Spring Valley Parkway, Spring Creek, NV at 1 p.m. Glen Munkres will officiate. Burns Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Denny was a pipefitter welder and proud member of the Pipefitters Union. He worked out of Local 798 (Muskogee, OK) for 22 years and Local 350 (Sparks, NV) for 23 years. Denny was an avid traveler and he went "where the work is." Denny's work took him to the Alaskan pipeline, Panama, Saudi Arabia, and almost every state in the U.S. While working in North Dakota, he met and married Loralei (Forrest) Pierce on September 2, 1983. He and Lori continued traveling together "booming out" with the work. Denny was never a stranger for long. His love of life, and kind and generous nature, garnered friends wherever he went. Always a friend when needed, Denny was a friend "in deed." Although he was small in stature, his friends, co-workers and family alike will dearly miss this good man's big spirit. He is survived by his beloved wife Loralei (Lori), dog Scruffy and cat Oliver; his mother Deane Pierce of Gibbon, NE; brother Eddy (Jane) Pierce of Minden, NE and sister Jan (Chuck) of Colorado Springs, CO. Denny's surviving in-laws consider themselves brothers and sister of the heart: Julie (Allen) Campbell of Spring Creek, NV; Tim (Kathy) Forrest, Koko (James) Karlin and Mike (Annetta) Forrest, of all of Bismarck/Mandan, ND. Denny was considered a much loved brother rather than in-law. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Venus John Pierce.
Published in Elko Daily from July 27 to September 5, 2011