Pierre R Mion obituary 1931~2021
Pierre R Mion, 89, of Fayetteville, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on July 16, 2021.
Born December 10, 1931 in Bryn Mar, PA, he was the son of the late Bernardo and Katheryn Neubaker Mion.
Pierre was a well-known illustrator and artist. He attended Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and studied art at what is now known as George Washington University Corcoran College of Art + Design. He studied with Eliot O’Hara and Norman Rockwell.
He started his career as an illustrator at Creative Arts Studio in Washington, D.C. where he became director. In his freelance career he produced illustrations for National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Look, Life, IBM, Bantam Books, National Park Service, U.S. Treasury, NASA and many other publications and institutions.
In 1966, Pierre collaborated with Norman Rockwell on a number of space paintings. For the following twelve years they worked together on various other projects including Pierre ghosting a painting for Mr. Rockwell and directly contributing on several others.
A US Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Mion worked with the Marines on combat and story illustrations during the Vietnam conflict for National Geographic. He was a member of the Apollo 16 recovery team aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga and covered several rocket launches at Cape Kennedy.
He began his fine art career in 1967 where he specialized in western landscapes, farm scenes, street scenes, water and seashore scenes as well as people and animals. For a more in-depth view of Mr. Mion’s career and accomplishments, please visit his website at pierremion.com.
In addition to all of his artistic accomplishments, Pierre lived an adventurous life. He enjoyed sports car racing, motorcycle racing, and scuba diving. He was a two time national champion of the Sports Car Club of America. Pierre was also a licensed glider pilot.
Surviving is his wife of 26 years, Sandra Brenton Mion, whom he married on April 1, 1995; three children, Tina Mion and husband Allan Affeldt, Keith Mion and wife Dori and Nicole Reynolds and husband Pat; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Aside from his parents, Pierre was preceded in death by his sister.
Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.
Condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at the funeral home’s website.
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