MURPHYSBORO — Joseph James “J.J.” Pieron, 95, passed away at 11:55 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019.
J.J. was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Murphysboro, a son to the late Joe A. and Mildred (Tucker) Pieron.
He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Edna Maxine Baker, on July 7, 1946, in Murphysboro. Maxine preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 2011.
J.J. graduated MTHS Class of 1942 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Murphysboro.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Force as a private in 1942 and saw duty across North Africa, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea, and India. J.J. also so saw active duty in the Korean War and retired as a reservist from the military in 1980 as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
J.J. served for more than 30 years in public education retiring in 1984 as superintendent of schools, Bunker Hill.
Other memberships or work history includes Murphysboro Alderman Ward 5, deacon of Murphysboro First Baptist Church, Murphysboro Masonic Lodge No. 498, American Legion Post 127, Murphysboro VFW, Air Force Association, Reserve Officer Association, and the Retired Officers Association.
He loved woodworking, traveling, and sports, especially football, having played center for the Red Devils and after World War II, four years of SIU Saluki Varsity football.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, in Crawshaw Funeral Home in Murphysboro. Pastor Charles Allen of the Elm Street Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park near Murphysboro. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23 and from 8 a.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Murphysboro, Murphysboro A.F. and A.M. Masonic Lodge 498 and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Survivors include one son, Joseph L. Pieron of Centralia; one daughter, Janice R. Luecking of Murphysboro; five grandchildren, Nicole R. (Troy) Griswold of Murphysboro, Brandon (Michelle) Pieron of Carlyle, Andrea J. (Dan) Schimpf of St. Louis, Kristen L. (Nathan) Halsey of Clarksville, Tennessee, Alex (Samantha) Luecking of Murphysboro. He is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren plus beloved nieces and nephew.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Bernadine (Will) Pieron; and a daughter-in-law, Brenda Pieron.