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Gearhart Funeral Home

11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN

OBITUARY

Paul Perez

July 1, 1932June 2, 2020
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Perez, SFC Paul

Age 87, of Coon Rapids, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Paul was born on July 1, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN.

Preceded in death by his parents, Gregory and Emilia Perez; sisters, Genevieve Arellano, Felicita Mejia, Antonia Martinez, Delores Kuchinski, and Molly Adan; brothers, Gregory “George” Emil and John Perez; twin infant sons, Peter and John; and son, Paul Perez, Jr.

Paul will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Theresa; children, Christine “Tina” Baker, Antonio “Tony” (Sandra) Arellano, Raymond (Rita) Arellano, Linda (Larry) Johnson, Marie Perez, Virgina (Jeff) Ollestad, Theresa “Cynthia” (Richard) Lieske, Phillip Perez, Ann (Russell) Stewart, and Steven (Tammy) Perez; daughter-in-law, Dawn Perez; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

Sergeant First Class Paul Perez is an Army Veteran of the Korean war where he earned the Bronze Star Medal. Paul was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Paul had a passion for CRAA Youth Sports Coaching Football team “Mustangs” and “BA Blaine Automotive” Boys softball team. Paul was presented the President’s Award for 37 years dedicated serving as advisor and coach to the youth of the Community for football and softball.

CDC Guidelines will be followed allowing 25% capacity. Masks are encouraged. Please join the family on Monday, June 8 from 4-7pm for visitation at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd NW, Coon Rapids. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 9 at 10:30am with visitation one hour prior at The Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Ave NW, Coon Rapids. A Facebook live stream of Mass will be available at https://www.facebook.com/Gearhart-Funeral-Home-161674110524345/.

Private Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tony Perez
  • Tim Perez
  • Paul Perez
  • Thomas Perez
  • Douglas Neumann
  • Jeffery Ollestad
  • Gregg Ollestad
  • Bruce Ollestad
  • Thomas Ollestad
  • Andrew Stewart

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Evening Visitation

    Monday, June 8, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Glenn Perez

June 9, 2020

Paul, you shaped so many lives including my own. Thank you
Rest in peace and rejoin the loving family that waits for you. I will always remember my Uncle Paul.

Mighty Mouse, Little Man, Glennie.
Glenn Perez, Sr.

Tim Labatt

June 8, 2020

We all grew up in the Coon Rapids, a suburb 20 miles north of Minneapolis. We first met when I was 10 years old, 1958. He was my first football coach and a good humored, wise and gental person. He introduced us to a world of ethnic diversity when he took us into the inter-city to compete. What a blessing.

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