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Henry Pieracini

Henry M. “Bud” Pieracini Jr., 99, formerly of Carey and Findlay, passed away early on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, surrounded by his loving family in Kalamazoo, Mich.
On Dec. 29, 1922, Henry was born in Lima, the son of the late Mary (Pellegrini) and Henry Pieracini Sr. He was given the name “Bud” by his father.
Bud went to Carey High School. Home of the Carey Blue Devils and is proud that he himself wrote their fight song which was still being sung when Jeannie was in high school. He played football in high school and continued to play after the war on a semi-pro team.
Bud joined the Army Air Core during WWII; became the crew chief on the P47 “Thunderbolt” for the 406th Fighter Group. His job was to keep the P47 airplane in good running condition so his pilot could return safely after each mission. His pilot had 100 percent successful missions in Germany and France. He received the ETO ribbon (for his service in the European Theater), the good conduct medal, six battle stars and the bronze star medal. In 2016, Bud gave a brilliant presentation to the residents of his living facility on his experiences during the war.
Bud and his soulmate, Jeannie (Schmitz), met following his time in the service and married on May 22, 1948. After their first child was born, they moved to Marion where Bud worked for the C&O Railroad and Baker Woods before being hired by Whirlpool in the distribution center. His career with Whirlpool took the family to St. Joseph, Mich., and then back to Findlay, where he eventually retired after a successful career of 25+ years with the company.
Bud and Jeannie were superb role models for their three children. They were also loved by other children and friends for the example that they set for a life well-lived. Bud insisted on spending quality family time, especially during the two-week vacations every summer to experience new adventures in camping around the country. As a father, he was a steadfast support, loving and caring for each of his children and all their individual interests.
In retirement, Bud and Jeannie traveled both nationally and abroad and eventually bought a home in Florida. His favorite hobby was the game of golf. He played in many men’s leagues and in mixed leagues with Jeannie. The two of them won the “Member-Guest” tournament more than once. Wherever they went, they always met and treasured many friends. They were a key element to groups of like-minded people who always made an effort to keep in touch.
He will be missed by his three children, Donna Pieracini, Ron (Janet) Pieracini and Pamela (Mose) Moseley; five grandchildren, April (Joe) Crump, Ryan (Ashley) Pieracini, Christine (Michael) Davies, Tyler (Logan) Moseley, Heather (Eric) Musselman; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Preceding him in passing are his parents and his wife, Jeannie.
His family will greet friends from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, with the Rev. Tom Merrill, OFM Conv., officiating, where his family will again greet friends for 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment with military honors provided by the Carey Honor Guard will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or Alzheimer’s Research and sent to the funeral home.
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