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Gerald Lavon Perrett Sr.

18 July, 193916 October, 2020
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Gerald Lavon Perrett, Sr., age 81, of White Lake, died Friday, October 16, 2020, at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Barbara; his two children: Laura Perrett, and Gerald (Renee) Perrett, II; his grandchildren: Katelyn (Will) and Brendan; and his two siblings: Chuck (Pam) Shepard, and Lenore (Mike) Bell.

Gerry was born July 18, 1939, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, the son of Edgar and Virginia Perrett. He graduated from Milford High School, where he enjoyed playing on the football and track teams, with the class of 1958. After high school, Gerry went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force. Gerry met Barbara Fultz at the Walled Lake church of Christ, and shortly after, they were married at the same church on October 6, 1962. Gerry and Barbara shared fifty-eight wonderful years together.

Gerry began his career as a sales representative in 1964, working for a number of different companies, and eventually retired from The Learning Center. Over the years, Gerry was a member of the Walled Lake church of Christ, the Sylvan Lake church of Christ—where he served as an elder for eighteen years—and most recently, a member of the Waterford church of Christ. Because of his generous spirit, Gerry was very passionate about charity work. He contributed annually to numerous charitable organizations, like Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services, and Lads to Leaders & Leaderettes. Gerry organized and participated in the annual telethon for Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services, and he organized their annual commodity drive. In November of 2015, Gerry was given the Trustee Award from Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services for his tremendous service to the organization. He loved preaching a lesson at "the old folks home" as he called it. In his free time, Gerry enjoyed rooting for U of M football and basketball teams, playing golf, and going bowling. Most of all, Gerry treasured his time spent with his family and friends. He particularly enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.

Gerry was preceded in death by his beloved parents-in-law, Walter and Vivian Fultz; his parents, Edgar and Virginia; his three brothers, Richard, John, and Robert; and his two sisters, Joann and Barbara.

A funeral service will take place at 10:30 am Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Waterford Church of Christ, 4991 Williams Lake Road, Waterford Twp., Michigan 48329. Gerry’s family will be present at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home Highland Chapel, 3295 East Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356, on Friday, from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, and again on Saturday at the church from 9:30 am until the time of service at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Christian Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and at church.

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Terrie Kempf

October 26, 2020

Katelyn so sorry for the loss of your Grandfather.
I met him at your and Will’s wedding rehearsal and he was all smiles talking about you and your brother. You could see how much he loved you two with the look in his eyes. I’m so glad he got to see you get married to a nice young Christian man.
I know you will miss him . But we know he is in a better place now with no pain or sorrow.
Love you , Terrie

Debbie Hanchett

October 24, 2020

To the Perrett Family-
Please accept my deepest condolences. I know what a special man Mr. Perrett was to all of you. May your memories stay close in your heart and bring you comfort.

Chuck & Pam Shepard

October 22, 2020

Gerry was a special brother. He always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell or a trick to play. He always put others ahead of himself. He will be deeply missed by many and cherished in our hearts.

Stephanie David (Getz)

October 22, 2020

Dearest Laura & Family, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy. Laura, I remember your Dad well when I lived next door to you. He was always so happy and very kind when we did have the chance to chat. Please know I am thinking about you and sending up my prayers for comfort and peace for you during this time. May our Lord hold you close.
All my love,
Stephanie David (Getz)

Lenore Bell

October 21, 2020

My deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. He was a great Christian man with a big loving heart. He had such a great sense of humor, always making you laugh. I will miss my brother, but always keep his memories close to my heart. Rest in peace my dear brother. Love always your sister ❤

Mary Pat Petrillo

October 19, 2020

There was no greater fan than Mr. Perrett! He passionately attended all the girls' softball games for his granddaughter Katelyn and our daughter Amy. We will miss his enthusiasm and, of course, his constructive criticism! He was bound to make you smile in the end! Our deepest sympathy and hugs go out to his entire family.
The Petrillo Family

Donna Mackewich

October 19, 2020

My deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss , Uncle Gerald will be missed ......from his sister Joanns daughter's

Sheila Elliott

October 19, 2020

Uncle Gerry ,you were always a thoughtful uncle who we love to visit with when you came to see my mother, your sister Joann. Rest in peace and deepest sympathies to your family.

Steve Seelye

October 18, 2020

Gerald was one of the most encouraging, spirited and uplifting fans to attend our families sporting and educational events. He was a godly man and will be greatly missed. The Seelye family

Jill Green

October 18, 2020

Barbara, Laura, and Gerry
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Gerry. He had an impact on so many lives. He was a great Christian man with a big loving heart. He had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.
We love you all and are keeping you in our prayers.

Michael, Jill, Shianne, and Stephen Green

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Biography

Gerald Lavon Perrett, Sr., age 81, of White Lake, died Friday, October 16, 2020, at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Barbara; his two children: Laura Perrett, and Gerald (Renee) Perrett, II; his grandchildren: Katelyn (Will) and Brendan; and his two siblings: Chuck (Pam) Shepard, and Lenore (Mike) Bell.

Gerald was born July 18, 1939, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, the son of Edgar and Virginia Perrett. He graduated from Milford High School, where he enjoyed playing on the football and track teams, with the class of 1958. After high school, Gerald went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force. Gerald met Barbara Fultz at Walled Lake church of Christ, and shortly after, they were married at the same church on October 6, 1962. Gerald and Barbara shared fifty-eight wonderful years together.

Gerald began his career as a sales representative in 1964, working for a number of different companies, and eventually retired from The Learning Center. Over the years, Gerald was a member of the Walled Lake church of Christ, the Sylvan Lake church of Christ—where he served as an elder for eighteen years—and most recently, the Waterford church of Christ. Because of his generous spirit, Gerald was very passionate about charity work. He contributed annually to numerous charitable organizations, like Shults Lewis Child and Family Services, and Lads to Leaders & Leaderettes. Gerald organized and participated in the annual telethon for Shults Lewis Child and Family Services, and he organized their annual commodity drive. In his free time, Gerald enjoyed rooting for U of M football and basketball teams, playing golf, and going bowling. Most of all, Gerald treasured his time spent with his family and friends. He particularly enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Virginia; his three brothers, Richard, John, and Robert; and his two sisters, Joann and Barbara.

A funeral service will take place at 10:30 am Saturday, October 24, 2020 at the Waterford Church of Christ, 4991 Williams Lake Road, Waterford Twp., Michigan 48329. Gerald’s family will be present at the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home Highland Chapel, 3295 East Highland Road, Highland, Michigan 48356, on Friday, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and again on Saturday at the church from 9:30 am until the time of service at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Christian Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Those desiring may consider memorial contributions to Shults Lewis Child and Family Services. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and at church.

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