Milton R. Pierce of Trumbull, 91, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, died June 14, 2010, in the Watermark of 3030 Park, Bridgeport.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Pierce Blagys and her husband, David of the Black Rock section of Bridgeport; his son, Jeffrey Pierce and his wife, Karen Carey Pierce of Newtown; Betty's daughters, Marion (Lou) Cooper Noon and her husband, Thomas of Colorado, Eileen Cooper of Minnesota; his grandchildren, Douglas and David Pierce of Newtown, Matthew Blagys and his wife, Kelley of California, Michael Blagys of Black Rock, and Kevin Noon of Virginia; one great-grandson, Brennan Blagys; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Audrie Fay Pierce; second wife, Betty Cooper Pierce; two brothers, Albert and Arion Pierce; and Betty's son, Roy Cooper.

Born and raised in Maine, Pierce joined the U.S. Army Air Corp, learned to fly B-17 bombers, and was stationed with the 8th Air Force in England, where he flew 25 missions during World War II. A Purple Heart recipient, he became a career pilot for the U.S. Air Force and was stationed throughout the world. Pierce retired as a lieutenant colonel. A proud veteran, he also served his country in Vietnam.

Pierce received his master's degree from Florida State University and studied for his doctorate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In retirement, he took up golf and travelled extensively, including trips in his RV to much of America.

More recently, Pierce moved to Trumbull to be closer to his family. He was an active member of American Legion Post 207 at Middlebrook, in Trumbull.

A committal service will take place Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honor. All other services are private.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 2325 Burr St., Fairfield, CT 06824.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, Fairfield. To sign an online guest register, visit