Merrill Gene ‘Redeye’ Pierce

July 7, 2009

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Merrill Pierce

Merrill Pierce

Merrill Gene “Redeye” Pierce died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue. He was 67.A celebration of Merrill’s life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way.

Redeye was born Aug. 21, 1941, in Davenport, Iowa, to Charles and Eva Pierce. He was raised in Redmond and attended Lake Washington High School. In 1959, following high school, Redeye joined the United States Navy. He served his country for three years; his last duty assignment was aboard the USS Wilkinson.

After his honorable discharge in 1961, Redeye returned to the Seattle area, where he became a certified Volkswagen mechanic. He lived in Issaquah briefly before settling in North Bend in 1970. Redeye went on to drive a truck for many years at Santana Trucking.

In 1983, Redeye met his future wife, Joan Teeter. On Nov. 7, 1998, they were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. In 2006, Redeye retired from Glacier Northwest, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator.

In his leisure time, Redeye loved to relax in his backyard with his family and ride his Harley. A history buff and World War II enthusiast, Redeye also enjoyed WWII stories, planes and ships.

Redeye is remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather who possessed a contagious personality and a huge heart. He was a man who would give the shirt off his back to those in need; he is deeply missed.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Joan Teeter, of North Bend; children Charles Roy Pierce and Matthew Adam Pierce, of Snoqualmie, Vincent Gene Pierce, of Seattle, and Jake Richard Pierce, of North Bend; siblings Richard Pierce, of Seattle, Jacqueline Hampton, of North Bend, Butch Pierce, of Hobart, and Tim Pierce, of Omak; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family members and friends.

The family suggests remembrances to your favorite charity.

Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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