Russell C. Schmidt & Son Obituaries

Howard W. Pier JR.

On September 27, 1925, Howard William Pier and Ruby Mae Sturdivant Pier became the proud parents of Howard William Pier, Jr. who was born in Ashville, NY. His parents moved to North East, PA for a short time and then to Harborcreek and finally settling in Lawrence Park in 1932. Howard then graduated from Lawrence Park High School. He served his country during WW II in the 8th Air Force as a tail gunner on B-24's and completed 18 missions over Germany.

Returning home in 1946, he began his working career at the Erie General Electric. He had been a Foreman in the Planning Time Standards Department and then the Method's and Products Development Department from which he retired after 40 years with the company. He managed several softball and basketball teams and watched his teams win many shop championships. He was a member of the Delaware Avenue Baptist Church.

In 1970, he began serving in the Washington Trail District for the Washington Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as District Commissioner and District Chairman and then was appointed to the Council Board of the renamed French Creek Council. He was coucil commissioner for five years and was instrumental in starting the Commissioner Training Program which is still active today. He received the Silver Beaver award in 1974 and 2005 and also received the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter award.

He also joined in 1970 the United Commercial Travelers fraternal society and was approved to be a state officer serving as the Grand Counselor in 1984. In 1981, he was elected to the Supreme Board of Governors and received his Past Supreme Counselor's (President) Honors in 1996. He joined the Times Old Newsies Organization in 1973 and held many offices in the group including President in 1994 and Secretary in 2001.

Howard was a member of Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge # 362 F. & A.M. and the Erepa Grotta in which he was Secretary for two years. He was a member of the American Legion Carl Neff Post #571, VFW Post # 5825, and a life member of the Zukor Club.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years Rose, whom he worshipped; a brother, James Gordon Pier and his wife Sue Ann of Lawrence Park; 2 sisters, Jean Palmer and her husband Eugene of Harborcreek and Patricia Heberling of Warrensburg, MO; a brother in law, Gene Leone and his wife Virginia; a sister in law, Mary Leone; several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Rev. Robert Pier of Jamestown, NY.

Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road (corner of East Gore and Pine Ave.) on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to services there on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Michael Bartlett, Pastor of the Delaware Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Times Old Newsies, 205 W. 12th St., Erie 16534.

Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge # 362 will conduct Masonic Services at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by services by the UCT Council.

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