It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Rodney “Hawkeye” “RP” Pierce. His adventure to hunt new and richer grounds began peacefully at age 68 (a few months short of his target age 69) the morning of Jan. 3, 2019, from the comfort of his home on Blue Lake. He was surrounded with love by his beautiful and loving wife of 43 years Connie and their daughter Stephanie Pierce.
Rodney is once again reunited with his loving parents, embraced in the love and support of his mother Dorothy “Dodie” Pierce and hunting and bantering with his father Gordon “Happy” Lyle and many friends and family who have been patiently waiting for him to share his enormous wisdom and “Hawkeye” accuracy with them.
Rodney’s dedication, passion, honesty and commitment were built on a strong, tight-knit family foundation. Rod could always hold his own against his two brothers Mike and Greg and diligently watched over his two sisters Linda Pierson and Patti Whalen, who in return taught him manners.
Rod was born in Pasco and raised in the Ephrata area where most knew him as an avid and expert outdoorsman and all-star athlete. He most likely was always prepped with a cold can of Coors Light, his bow, a fishing rod or a gun targeted and ready to bring home dinner and a few trophies. Rod was well known for his witty character and catchphrase “Get some guts, you guys!”
His passion and knowledge of hunting and fishing will not be forgotten. It is passed on through his tedious dedication and mentorship to his daughter Stephanie Pierce, her two children Trevor Nelson and Akacia Chozinske and all of his wonderful nieces and nephews that he loved and nurtured, especially James to whom he was like a second father.
Due to Rodney’s outgoing personality and commitment he maintained many lifelong friendships that expanded to Alaska where he worked in the construction industry for over 40 years.
The family invites you to share in a celebration of Rodney on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 117 C St. NW, Ephrata, Wash., then join them at a reception that will immediately follow, to share your memories and maybe a cold beer.
Rodney was passionate about his love for the outdoors and loved all animals. He was a member of many organizations that support wildlife and game preservation. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you take some time with yourself or your loved ones, preferably the latter, to enjoy the beauty of fishing and hunting responsibly.