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Lester Wayne Pierce

SHELBYVILLE – Lester Wayne Pierce, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2023, at his home. Born on September 29, 1941, in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, Wayne was the son of Lonnie Q. and Nina W. Perdue Pierce. He married Barbara Jean Froedge on May 31, 1963.

Before retirement, Wayne was employed at Cummins as a factory worker. He was a member of Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Letts. The Kentucky Wildcats were Wanye’s hobby. In earlier years, he enjoyed all types of hunting, coaching baseball, and he loved horses, especially the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Barbara of Shelbyville; children, Julie Pierce of Greensburg, Jamey (Kim) Pierce of Flat Rock, Janie (Robert) Kessler of Flat Rock, Jeremy (Darla) Pierce of Flat Rock, and Jennifer (Ronnie) Smith of Greensburg; grandchildren, Nathan, Rachel, Aleisha and Kristin, Amber and Andrew, April and Wes, Ashley, Alicia “A.J.” and Verley, Tyler, Andrew, Jeremy “J.W.” and Kirsten, Jacob and Lexi, Brianna and Ricky, Joey and Miranda, and Disaree; 22 great-grandchildren; and sister, Judy (C.L.) Saltsman of Columbus.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joy Pierce; grandson, Andrew Lazzell; two brothers; and one sister.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home with Reverend Philip Knight officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Norristown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana at 2626 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201. Online condolences may be sent to the Pierce Family at


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