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Ricky "TKO" David Pierce

February 9, 1966 — March 4, 2024

Ricky “TKO” David Pierce, age 58, of Niceville, Florida received the great honor of going to be with the Lord after a long and courageous battle with cancer on March 4th, 2024. 

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ricky, known by his call sign “TKO”, had a distinguished military career.   He graduated from West Jefferson High School in 1984 and joined the Louisiana Air National Guard.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in professional aviation from Louisiana Tech University, he was awarded a pilot slot with the 159th Fighter Wing.  Over his 31 years of service, Ricky became dual qualified to fly the F15 Eagle and the C130.  He served his country proudly as a member of the 2nd Special Operations Squadron from 2012-2016, flying remote missions and protecting America where he earned 11 Aerial Achievement Medals.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016, with a successful career that included flying internationally for American Airlines.  Ricky is survived by his wife, Danielle Ferrera Pierce and his daughters, Laura Pierce and Ashleigh Pierce Jimenez (Leonardo); his sister Sally Pierce Havnen (Derek); his brother, Mark Pierce (Janine) and his father, Carl Pierce.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Pierce and his mother, Maxine Byerley Pierce.  Visitation will be held beginning at 11AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Ursuline Academy), 2701 State Street, New Orleans, Louisiana followed by Mass beginning at 12 Noon.  Interment will take place at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Gretna, Louisiana following Mass.  Ricky’s legacy will endure due to his unwavering commitment to his nation, his passion for aviation and the profound influence he had on his peers.   He embodied devout Faith, finding solace in Prayer and reading Scripture.  Ricky was a dedicated family man who loved to travel, hunt and spend time with his wife, daughters, son-in-law and friends.  Though he may have left this earthly plane, Ricky “TKO” Pierce’s spirit will live on through the countless lives he touched and the enduring legacy of service, love and devotion he leaves behind.  May he rest in Eternal Peace, knowing that his memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.   MOTHE FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family during this difficult time.  Family and friends may offer condolences at mothefunerals.com.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Ursuline Academy)

2701 State Street, New Orleans, LA

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Mass

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Ursuline Academy)

2701 State Street, New Orleans, LA

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Burial

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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