Manuel Perry, 94, passed away, with his family at his side on November 10th, 2017. He was born in Turlock, California on April 27th, 1923. He was the son of Manuel and Mary Perry, who emigrated from the Azores in 1910.
Manuel attended school in Manteca while growing up. The family moved to Escalon where he joined his parents farming business. He was a kind, soft-spoken, gentle man, a strong farmer, and naturally gifted mechanic and welder, and a proud veteran.
He served in the Army in World War II. He was stationed in Italy as an interpreter and a medical aidman. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned home to Escalon to farm. There he was introduced to Mary Jerome, his sister Alice’s best friend. They were married October 16th, 1949 and had four children. He, Mary and their “extended family,” including nieces and nephews, spent many wonderful vacations camping, boating and fishing in Pinecrest, Yosemite and Eagle Lake. Their camper or boat were always prepped and ready to go.
His family eventually settled in Modesto where he worked for Modesto City Schools until he retired. Manuel and Mary moved to Arizona in 2015 to be near their daughter and son-in-law. Even as his health began to fail forcing his use of a walker and wheelchair, his pride and service to country never wavered. When retired military visited his retirement home to sing patriotic songs for the group; it was noted when they said the Pledge of Allegiance Manuel was determined to rise and stand proudly with his hand over his heart.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years in April 2016, his first son Jerome and his sister Mary (Luis) and Alice (Thomas). Manuel is survived by his daughter Rosalie Pace (Bob) and sons Joe (Debbie) and Frank. He is also survived by his sister Lorraine Crandal, two granddaughters Ashley and Brie (Joe and Debbie) one great granddaughter Natalie (Brie), along with many nephews and nieces.
There will be no services.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
Nov. 22, 2017