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Ernest Rangel Perez Sr.

September 6, 1930October 3, 2021
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In Loving Memory of Mr. Ernest Rangel Perez, Sr. Our beloved angel, Mr. Ernest Rangel Perez, Sr., of Austin, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the age of 91.

Ernest was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend to many. His genuine kindness and caring nature was extended to all who knew or encountered him. He was a Korean War Veteran and honorably served his country. As an entrepreneur, he opened a radio and TV repair business and later, applied his mechanical skills at Capitol Chevrolet and Roy Butler Lincoln-Mercury where he retired after thirty years of service.

Ernest’s passion was music. His love for music began at a very early age and throughout the years it thrived. During the 1950’s he played with his brother Ruben R. Perez Orchestra and formed his own band, Ernest R. Pérez y su Orquesta. He played with local groups Los Cinco Reyes, Los Vientos de San Jose Church and the San Jose Catholic Church choir. His talent range included alto saxophone, guitar, keyboard, piano, accordion, band leader and vocals. Given his vast musical range and accomplishments, Ernest was honored at the Mexican American Cultural Center Plaza in 2009 in an outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Trail of Tejano Legends and inducted into the Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame - Class of 2019. His passion and influence in music will have an enduring impact and his legacy will live on through his family, countless friends, musicians and acquaintances for years to come.

Mr. Perez was preceded in death by his wife Gloria Castro Perez, father Blas Perez, mother Sara R. Perez and brother Ruben R. Perez.

He is survived by his sons, David Perez and wife Tracy, Louis C. Perez, Ernest Perez, Jr. and Diane Brosig, all of Austin; daughters, Delia Perez Meyer, of Austin and Irene Riddle and husband Larry, of Grapevine; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of a reception, please listen to your favorite music with loved ones and consider making a donation to swansongs.org who fulfills musical last wishes. The family would also like to offer special thanks to Joe Morales with Swan Songs and Stephanie Sepolio with Hospice Austin for their care and comfort during this difficult time.

A visitation for Ernest will be held Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Weed Corley Fish Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 2620 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. A rosary service will occur Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 2620 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. A funeral mass will occur Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM at San Jose Catholic Church, 2435 Oak Crest Ave, Austin, TX 78704. A graveside service will occur Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Assumption Cemetery, 3650 S I-35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78704.

Face Masks are required at all services, thank you. For those unable to attend, the mass will be livestreamed though sanjosechurch.org. Search and subscribe via Facebook or YouTube, you will receive an alert 15 minutes before the broadcast begins.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wcfishsouth.com for the Perez family.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ernest C. Perez, Jr
  • Jason Meyer
  • Nicholas Perez
  • Elijah Perez
  • Kathryn Riddle
  • Dana Riddle

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Patricia Horn

October 14, 2021

I loved living across the street from the Perezs'. Mr. Perez was a wonderful person who was always smiling. I will always remember this family with love and admiration.

Carol Campaigne

October 11, 2021

One of the highlights of my life in Austin has been living next door to the Perez family for 40+ years. Their kindness and sincerity were values which spread throughout the family. I loved standing at the back fence and visiting with Mr. Perez. And in the mornings when I heard him playing his sax I always went outside to hear him better. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I loved watching him put his little white poodle in the basket of his bicycle and off they would ride around the neighborhood. And he always took the time to pet my dogs. One day he called me to the fence saying he had something to show me. He bent over the fence with a milk bone in his hand and looked at my dog, who immediately laid down until Mr. Perez said okay and he ran to the fence to get his treat! What a special person who will be in my memories always.

Maria Rosriguez

October 8, 2021

I am deeply saddened by Uncle Ernest passing. He had a joyful light with which he embraced everyone. I especially am grateful because he welcomed me with open arms into the family uncondtionally. At musical gatherings he would sing and play En Mi Viejo San Juan, which is dear to all Puerto Ricans, a sign of his appreciation and understanding of what was dear to others. God will delight in his presence and his music. Ernest, know that you will always have a place in my heart. Vaya con Dios. Maria

Maria (la Mame) Samudio

October 8, 2021

What can I say about you cousin, that everyone doesn't already know? You were always so kind and caring, always a smile, and usually ready with a joke or relating a funny story of back when....! I couldn't get over how much you and my brother Malo looked so handsomely alike! You're leaving a big hole to fill, I love you dearly, and will forever miss your smile! God's speed.

Bertha Gomez

October 7, 2021

Uncle Ernest was so amazingly kind and always had a SMILE and a HUG that made me feel welcomed and part of the Familia. So many special times spent at many family celebrations. You will truly be missed. Peace be with you Tio.

Jeanna Gomez

October 6, 2021

So many memories of the Gomez family going to Tio Ernesto and Tia Gloria's house. Having fun, eating cake, enjoying family and making memories. Your Sista Carmen loves you dearly, misses you and knows you are resting peacefully. We love you Tio. Rest now in your heavenly home. Carmen Gomez and Jeanna Gomez

Hector Mendez

October 6, 2021

Uncle Ernest was well known for his music, but I got to know him as a kind, compassionate and loving person. When momma was admitted into the hospital in the early 1970’s. He and my Tia Gloria opened their home for me to stay with them until momma got well. I will be forever grateful! Rest in heavenly peace, Tio Ernest!

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