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Harlan Raymond Pernu, Jr.

08/09/1960 - 04/18/2018

Harlan Pernu Jr., 57, of Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 in Duluth. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia at 2:00 pm with visitation one-hour prior. Pastor Brad Felix will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Harlan “Scooter” Raymond Pernu, Jr. was born August 9, 1960 in Virginia to Harlan, Sr. and Carmen (Brunfelt) Pernu. He graduated from Virginia Schools in 1980. Scooter loved writing poetry and had some published. He liked putting models together. He loved history, especially WWII and Vietnam. Scooter felt very strongly about honoring our past and present military personnel. He was a very patriotic young man who loved his country and it showed.

Scooter lived his life with courage. His life was difficult, but he never complained. He Always had a positive outlook and was an inspiration for everyone. No one could ever say a negative thing about Scooter. He was greatly loved.

He is survived by:

Parents: Harlan, Sr and Carmen Pernu
Brother and Sister-in-law: Jeff and Chris (Westby) Pernu
Several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his sister, Charlene Frost (Bob); brother, Mark Pernu, Sr.; grandmother, Tyne (Brunfelt) Limmer; grandfather, Arne Brunfelt; step-grandfather, Fred Limmer; and nephew, Craig

6 thoughts on “Harlan Raymond Pernu, Jr.”

  1. Ole Zupetz says:

    Am sad to read the news of Scooter’s passing. I was fortunate to have the chance to know him as a teen. Life was not kind or fair to Scooter. He played the hand he was dealt in life and did so with dignity. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

  2. Richard Fields says:

    Harlan was one of my students at the Virginia Alternative School. When other students went out for gym I would stay behind and play chess with Harlan. I visited Harlan a few times at his apartment. Since we moved to Grand Marais I have lost contact with him. I agree with the wording in the obituary that “Harlan was a inspiration to all of us”. It was a honor to have Harlan in class and I will miss him.

  3. Caryn Frost Ranum says:

    He was an amazing soul. The world will be forever lost without him. He always tried to make you laugh or think. He was a very loving and kind person. I love you uncle.

  4. R.M. Zobenica says:

    Harlan and Carmen,
    I’m sorry to learn of your loss.
    Dr. “Z”

  5. William Killoran says:

    Carmon I’m sorry to hear of your loss

  6. Myran Julie Jarmon (myranj@centurytel.net) says:

    I just read about the recent death of Harlan and I know the Pernu family and loved ones have saddened hearts today. So I wanted to share this beautiful scripture where our heavenly father, Jehovah, (Psalm 83:18), promises us that he is going to do away with man’s greatest enemy, death. Rev. 21: 4; “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: “And no resident will say “I am sick,” ever again. God’s kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matt. 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises, including the resurrection. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 6:40, John 11:23-25)
    If you had the opportunity to see your dead loved ones again, alive and in perfect health here on earth, would you take it? Of course, we all would!
    The Bible says we will!!! If so, please watch this short, faith strengthening video: “Can The Dead Really Live Again?”

    or see JW.ORG.
    You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

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05/12/2018 at 2:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 13th Street South, Virginia, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 1:00 PM