Ernest Genesis Pero Jr.

August 21, 1931February 21, 2012


August 21, 1931 to February 21, 2012. Ernest was born in Newport, Arkansas. His parents Ernest G. Pero, Sr. and Mattie Pero moved to Santa Monica, California when Ernest was 4 years old. Pero served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1975, earning the Navy Achievement Medal in 1971. He was on Bikini Atoll for the atomic bomb test in 1958, re-enlisted for duty in Vietnam aboard the USS Constellation In 1967 and, in 1968, he assisted the survivors of the USS Pueblo incident, following their release from a North Korean prison. After serving our country for 20 years and earning numerous meritorious metals of achievements he retired as Senior Chief Personnelman.

The Pero family are long-time residents of Lemon Grove, California, and they own and operate a successful Real Estate and Property Management business in Lemon Grove, California since 1986.

Ernie had a passion for bowling, connected with those men who served and retired from the military known as Mills Parks Home Boys, and was a long- time Lemon Grove Rotarian. No one was ever a stranger to Ernie. With humor he touched many lives.

Ernie is survived by Doretha Pero, his wife of 30 years, son Ernest Genesis Pero III, and step-son Lawrence Dwayne Felton.

Visitation is Wednesday, February 29th from 4 – 7 p.m. at Conrad Lemon Grove Mortuary (7387 Broadway – Lemon Grove, CA 91945). Services will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Word of Life Worship Center, 8691 Echo Drive, La Mesa, CA. 91941 at 10:00 am. Interment immediately following at Miramar National Cemetery with full military honors by the U.S. Navy.

Memorials suggested to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 29, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 1, 2012
  • Committal Service Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Mary Robertson

March 8, 2012

Ernie, it was a pleasure meeting you and I will never forget your kindness. May God be with you forever. MARY ROBERTSON

June Wingfield

March 4, 2012

God Bless you and little Ernie. I know that Deacon Pero will be dearly missed. Marion respected him and loved him as a brother. Ernie is truly one of the Greats, his memory will live on in us.
Much Love.

George Gastil

March 1, 2012

Ernie was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He was a strong supporter of our local school district and our city. When I think of people who really love our community, I think of Ernie.

Claude Cole

March 1, 2012

It is extremely difficult to measure the impact of a truly great man; for he leaves no resume'; he blows no trumpets and he garners not the spotlight of he world. What he does, he does because of his faith, his family and his friends. Ernie Pero was truly a great man and we will all miss his wit, his warmth and his wisdom. The peace of the LORD is now his strength. YOU WILL BE MISSED MY FRIEND!

Pamela Watt

February 29, 2012

I know the community of Lemon Grove will truly miss you Ernie! You, being a Rotarian myself a Kiwanian we crossed paths many time at events. Ernie you always made hard work fun, I sure will miss you. Byee for now

February 29, 2012

I remain impressed with the contribution that Ernie made to the Lemon Grove Community. He made a difference and was a true gentleman. Ernie, you will be remembered.
Jerry Legerton, Former Lemon Grove City Councilman,

Anthony Leatherman

February 29, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about Ernie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers for you and family.

Tony & Neysa Leatherman ( San Diego, California )

February 28, 2012

Dee you were blessed with a husband that paved the way for many African American Realtors. I give God praised for his encouraging words, and faithful examples of a prudent leader! Beverly Miller...UPGROUP REATLY


February 28, 2012

I just wanted to say that I really didnt know Mr. Pero personally, but I worked at HomeFed at College Grove 18 or so years ago and I remember him as a wonderful,friendly, happy man. When I saw his picture in the paper today, I remembered him right away. Im sure if he had this impact on me, a bank teller, Im sure you have many fond memories. I am sorry for your loss.

Arturo & Kaija Marcon

February 27, 2012

We are so sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. He was a great friend to me and Kaija. We'll miss your stopping by for a chat.