Ivan was born January 3, 1927 in Womer, Kansas. His parents were William and Emma Pierce and he had three younger brothers—Melvin, Dale, and Joe. Ivan worked on farms until joining the Navy during World War II (February 1944 to May 1946). After the service, he earned a GED, studied cabinet making and engineering, and earned a pilot’s license. He married the love of his life, Alma “Irene” Pierce, on May 27, 1949, and they were married 68 years before Irene’s death in 2015.
Shortly after their marriage, Ivan began working in the gas and oil industry with Standard Oil (now owned by British Petroleum) as an area engineer. He worked in three states for over 3 decades before leaving to open a consulting business. He retired at the age of 70 and dedicated himself to caring for Irene and their home, which he maintained in pristine condition. Ivan and Irene had two daughters, Lora who resides in Sacramento, CA, and Christine who is deceased.
During his lifetime, Ivan had many hobbies and excelled at each one until the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease prevented him from doing so. He was passionate about carpentry and construction and built many residential and commercial properties. He enjoyed searching for antiques in old mining towns, hunting for rare gems (such as jade, agate, and petrified wood) to make jewelry and other items, refurbishing antique gas pumps, and collecting old maps and rare coins.
Ivan was self-educated, hardworking, and excelled at whatever he chose to do. He will be remembered for his perfectionism, a multitude of skills and talents, numerous achievements, his love and devotion for his wife, and his never-ending enthusiasm for his career and hobbies.
A very small, informal celebration of Ivan’s life will be held on Saturday, July 28 @ 3 pm at the Cloverdale Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 North Cloverdale Road, Boise.