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.