William L. Pier, 91, died Thursday at his residence. He was born in Racine, April 6, 1927, son of the late Lawrence and Marie (Nee: Entrop) Pier.

Bill graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1945. He then joined the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. On April 11, 1953, married Beverley J. Hazel, who preceded him in death January 28, 2017. Bill was a skilled carpenter who had a very strong work ethic. He worked for various construction companies throughout his career, last working with Riley Construction. Bill was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He took meticulous care of his yard. Above all, he valued work, his family and efficiency.

Surviving are his children, Catherine (Richard) Dowdell, Stephen Pier, Janice (Sami) Youssef, Sharie (Albert) Hansen, CoCo Miller; grandchildren, Matthew (Panya) Dowdell, Thomas (Christina) Pier, Nathan (Shin-Ye) Pier, Elissa Antongiorgi, Libbie Sienna, Lanie and Keelie Miller; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Joan Petersen; brother, James Pier; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joan Pier, Byron Hazel, William (Cindy) Hazel, Shirley (Glen) Campbell, Lynn (Lynn) Wakefield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by two sons, Daniel, Patrick; and brother, Theodore Pier.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St, with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church have been suggested. The family is forever grateful to CoCo and Sharie for their dedicated care to Dad these past 3 years.

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