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Francis Arthur Pierron

September 30, 1935 November 21, 2018
Francis Arthur Pierron
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Francis Arthur Pierron of Grafton was born to eternal life on November 21, 2018, at the age of 83. He was born September 30, 1935, in Belgium; the eighth child of Nicholas & Johanna (nee Mayer) Pierron. He grew up in Belgium and went to Holy Cross Catholic Grade School. He graduated from Port Washington High School in l953. On June 13, 1959, he was married to Barbara Dries, by his brother Joseph, who had been ordained a priest two weeks prior to the wedding. After high school, he volunteered for the army. He served active duty from 1953 to 1955 and attended the Engineering School for Heavy Equipment Operation. He was assigned to the 74th engineering company in Korea where he built roads, airstrips, and other military facilities near the Korean DMZ.

His interest in carpentry led him to pursue an apprenticeship in the trade. In 1960 he began working for Gahan & Sons. In 1968, he formed his own company, P&L Construction, specializing in residential and commercial construction.

He was an active member of the following organizations; VFW Post 5373, where he was Quartermaster and a member of the Honor Guard, the American Legion Post 470, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Luxembourg American Cultural Society.

Francis loved to plant and putter in his four gardens filled with a variety of vegetables. His prize crop was sweet corn; planting weekly so that he could have fresh, young corn throughout the summer to enjoy with his friends and family at the corn roasts he and Barb hosted. He never could plant just a few of any crop, always sharing the abundance.

His massive bonfires, with fireworks provided by a neighbor, were an annual highlight for all who attended; including some of the local law enforcement. He would accumulate wood scraps from job sites and tree trimmings for the big event. Some years the flames could be seen from as far away as Hwy 43.

Francis never really retired. He continued to work on a variety of projects for his family, friends and the community. He was known for his generosity and quick-witted humor. He took pride in getting telemarketers to hang up after long drawn out conversations.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish (now St. John XXIII) for over 50 years where he served on the first Parish Council and was an usher.

Francis is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children; Michele (Andrew Michel) of California, Michael of Grafton, Robert of Jackson, and Richard (Mona) of Florida, his grandchildren; Joey, Jen, Nic, and Zac, & brother-in-law Ralph Schmidt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; Robert Pierron, Rev. Joseph Pierron, and Eugene (Ethel) Pierron, and his sisters; Lavern (Ken) Cornish, Lorraine (Jack) Tackes, Elyane (Richard) Chambers, and Gladys Schmidt.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5:00PM on Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, Immaculate Conception Church (145 W. Church St., Saukville, WI 53080) with Fr. Pat Wendt presiding. The family will receive visitors at the CHURCH on Friday from 2:30PM until the time of service. There will be a military walk through at 4:15PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to St. John XXIII Parish or the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org)


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Visitation

Friday

7

Dec

2:30 PM 12/7/2018 2:30:00 PM - 5:00 PM 12/7/2018 5:00:00 PM
St. John the XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church

145 W Church Street
Saukville , WI 53080

St. John the XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church
145 W Church Street Saukville 53080 WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

7

Dec

5:00 PM 12/7/2018 5:00:00 PM
St. John the XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church

145 W Church Street
Saukville , WI 53080

St. John the XXIII Parish, Immaculate Conception Church
145 W Church Street Saukville 53080 WI
United States
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