He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Clay County, the son of Arley W. Pierce Sr., and Thelma Eldridge Pierce.
He graduated from high school, and then worked at Arketex.
He served in the United States Army from 1961-66. On July 24, 1970, he married Pamela Lumsdon.
In the past, he also worked at Columbia Records and last worked for White Stone Products in Bloomington, retiring in 1998.
Bud was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2. He has been an avid bowler for years and has bowled on several leagues. He has had a true passion for trap shooting all his adult life. He was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association. He has won many state and national shooting competitions and had been a representative for the Remington Company.
Bud enjoyed working in the garden at home; was a Pacer, Colts and St. Louis Cardinals fan. But mostly, he was the number one sports fan for his grandchildren and the Best 'Pops' ever.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Charles Edward Pierce, and brother-in-law Rick Lumsdon.
Survivors include his wife Pam Pierce, Brazil, daughter and son-in-law Shawnia and Stephen Mershon, grandchildren Blake Mershon and Maggie Mershon, sisters-in-law Lawala Jill Dixon and husband Mike, Pt. Charlotte, Fla., and Mary Marguerite Romanyk, Lyford, Ind., several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Services will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Hess officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, and again Thursday, one hour prior to services. There will be military graveside rites.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.