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Jerry “Fox” Edwin Peroceschi

12/28/1941 - 05/22/2022

Jerry “Fox” Edwin Peroceschi, 80, long time resident of Keewatin, Minnesota, passed away in his home Sunday, May 22nd, 2022. He passed, ready to be reunited with his true love.

Jerry E. Peroceschi was born on December 28th, 1941 to Urban & Dorothy (Graham) Peroceschi, becoming the 6th of 9 total children. Pvt 1st class Jerry E. Peroceschi served in the Army Air National Guard from 1963-1968, where he then was honorably discharged. He then worked at the Eveleth Taconite as an equipment oporator from 1969-1999, eventually retiring to spend the remainder of his life with his family. He was a hard working man wanting to provide everything needed for his immediate family comfortably.

On December 4th, 1965, Jerry married the love of his life, Elizabeth Gail (Adams) Peroceschi. Together they raised 2 sons, Edwin & Steven. Jerry spent his time with his sons, giving them memories to last a life time. From going to car shows and talking about older vehicles with his Eddie (Edwin), to working on lawnmowers in the middle of the kitchen floor with his Stevie (Steve), Jerry’s sons were his proudest acheivement. They now hold tight the endless phone conversations they had with their dad every day and reminising in the countless amount of nicknames their dad gave them.

Once Jerry was blessed with 3 grandchildren from his sons, he spent his time spoiling and influencing them. Jerry (Papa) gave his grandchildren many memories to hold close. His oldest grandchild, Taylor (Taydo), remembers anxiously waiting at the door for Papa Jerry to pick her up for any and all family outings, leaving the rest of the family to follow separately. She was “Papa’s Girl”. As Jerry’s only grandson, Cody (Code-man) likes to remember the bond of “guy stuff” they shared together in riding down to the storage units of Keewatin to spend many hours working on lawnmowers. Jerry’s youngest granchild, Elizabeth (Lizabet), remembers always looking forward to riding around the town of Keewatin with her Papa Jerry and sharing popsicles with him and his never ending stash.

Jerry was well known for being a generous big hearted man. Though he hid it behind a grumpy facade, not many people were fooled. From joking and flirting with the ladies at his favorite restaurants in Hibbing, to spending hours talking with his pals at Royal Tire in Hibbing, Jerry had a countless amount of friends, and friends that became family. One of Jerry’s favorite activities was checking out all the garage sales and buying all the bikes & lawnmowers. He didnt need them, but instead he collected them and gave them to anyone in need of one, both child and adult. He enjoyed collecting coins, watching the races, and spending unlimited amount of hours talking to everyone on the phone, greeting them with the most uplifting personalized “Hello” and leaving people smiling.

Jerry Peroceschi was known as people’s favorite grumpy old jokester that loved putting a smile on everyone’s face, even if he was the one getting picked on. From the love he showed, to the stories he told; from his bad moods, to his good moods; from his random obsession of the day, to him just wanting to hear your voice; Jerry Peroceschi left a mark of unconditional love on so many people. His memory will live on beautifully, always and forever.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Urban & Dorothy Peroceschi; brothers: Robert (Bob) Peroceski, James (Shorty), Paul, Wayne, Urban (Sonny), and Gerald Peroceschi; and sister, Betty Peroceschi.

Jerry is survived by his sister, Janet Lay of Canby, MN; 2 sons, Edwin & Steven Peroceschi, both of Keewatin, MN; 3 grandchildren: Taylor Peroceschi of Hibbing, MN, Cody Peroceschi of Keewatin, MN, & Elizabeth Peroceschi of Cloquet, MN; many nieces & nephews; and a countless amount of other family & friends among the surrounding towns of Keewatin.

In leau of flowers, memorials to the V.A. in Jerry’s name are preferred.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2022 at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing at 11:00 A.M. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.

6 thoughts on “Jerry “Fox” Edwin Peroceschi”

  1. Ty Allan says:

    My prayers go out to you and your family. I remember when my dad passed away. It’s difficult so, if you need anything just let me know.

  2. Elizabeth Walters Wilenius says:

    Was so sorry to read of his passing. A cousin and fun guy! I wish I could be there for his servicet. Prayers to lift up his family. He is just off on a new adventure with loved ones who waited for him.

  3. Krista Powell says:

    RIP birthday buddy. You were one of my favorite “grumpy” patients. I laughed so hard the day Dr. Anthony said to me “hey, you’re divorced…he [Jerry] is just lonely”…because us both being single negated the fact that Jerry was 40 years my senior and my patient in that jokester doctor’s mind 🙂

  4. Chelsey says:

    Aweee! I will miss having him come in to Sammy’s.. I really have grown to love Jerry just from him coming in to eat and whether he was crabby or happy that day I still loved to make him crack a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! He will be truly truly missed.

  5. Shannon Davis says:

    Oh My Jerry!! For three years you have been on the other end of the phone ordering your oxygen supplies and my heart dropped and tears filled my eyes when I heard of your passing. I used to look forward to your calls every holiday and on my birthday and the just because ones during the week. And you never let me down every time I would try to call you first you would answer and Say “Shannon!!!!”. I will miss our talks and how you would call me to chat and keep me busy on my Saturdays just to shoot the breeze and tell me old stories and what was going on in your life. I never got to meet you in person but for 3 long years you became my friend over the phone. I will miss our talks and your grumpy self. Prayers to your family.
    Fly High My Friend!!!

  6. Terry Varichak says:

    Jer will be missed! He’s was like my second maybe even third father! He was there for my twin and I when our father passed! I’ll miss him calling me “Dick” every time I saw him!

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Friday 6/3/22 at 11:00 AM
Range Funeral Home - Hibbing, 2nd Avenue West, Hibbing, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 AM