Charles Carl “Carlie” Perpich, age 99, of Ironton, MN and Lester Prairie, MN, passed away May 10, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
A funeral Mass is planned Friday, May 29, in Crosby, MN.
Arrangements are with Koop Funeral Home of Crosby.
Carl was born May 29, 1920 in Crosby to George and Kathryn Perpich of Croatia. He was baptized July 4, 1920 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby by Father S. Frederick. He was the youngest child of six.
Carl graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1938, after that he went to Crosby Junior College, graduating in 1940, then on to College of St. Thomas, and graduated in 1943. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis until 1947.
Carl worked on a track gang, making 10 cents-an-hour spiking railroad ties. He also worked at a Civilian Conservation Camp building the Garrison Mille Lacs Overlook Pavilion.
Carl enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. He attended officer training school and earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the USMC. He was in active duty on the front lines (volunteered three times) as he fought at the battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific theater of WWII.
After the war, he worked for two years at Thule, Greenland building an Air Force base. After that he returned home to Crosby, and worked for Colgate Palmolive Company, and then McGarvey Coffee Company.
Carl was a lifelong member and usher at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Crosby.
Carl married the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Jerviss, from Aitkin, MN April 11, 1953, and had six children.
He loved basketball and dancing. He played basketball in highschool, college, and in the Marines. He truly loved playing with his children, grandchildren, and local kids, many whom he mentored throughout the years. He played basketball two times a week at the local gym until he was 86 years old. He enjoyed watching the youth play.
In his later years, he moved to Lester Prairie with his daughter Christine Wolter and her family, where he also made his mark. Carl loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, parties, hanging around with new and old friends, and of course any dancing events as well. He made many new friends and loved the beauty and kindness of the community, and he became a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Carl is survived by children: Carlene and Bruce Berg of Fargo, ND, Cathleen and Patrick McCoy of Menomonie, WI, Paul and Sandra Perpich of Crosby, Tom Perpich of Brainerd, MN, Carolyn Perpich of Crosby, and Christine and Jon Wolter of Lester Prairie; grandchildren: Luke Taylor, Neil and Jo Taylor, James Webster, Stephanie McCoy and Pete Huff, Tara McCoy, Nicholas and Tracy Perpich, Matthew and Megan Perpich, Kendra Perpich, Korbyn Perpich, Margret Rossing, Holdin Rossing, Charles Rossing, Caydin Wolter, Warren Wolter, and Carly Wolter; great-grandchildren: Brenden Taylor, Alyssa Taylor, Collin Taylor, Nathan Perpich, and Parker Perpich; great-great-grandchildren: Scarlett Taylor and Landyn Taylor.