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Life-long resident of Omaha. Born in 1921 to Ben and Sarah (Fox) Perelman, he went through the public school system and graduated from North High as president of his senior class. He went on to attend Omaha University but left in his senior year to volunteer for service in World War II. He served in the 232 Infantry Regiment, Rainbow Division, in Europe from 1943-45, participated in three battle campaigns, earned a Bronze Star, and was in the forefront of his unit when they liberated Dachau concentration camp. Upon Bob's return, his dad informed him that he had graduated magna cum laude from college. Bob met his future wife, Betty Ackerman, during the war, and they were married 66 years ago. He went into the grocery business with his father and brother and during his time there he served as President of the Grocers Association. His father Ben Perelman had held the same position years earlier, making them the first father/son presidents of the Association. Bob changed careers to the stock-brokerage business. In 1975 he started one of the first discounted brokerage firms in the nation, First Omaha Securities, and was involved with its growth and operation until his retirement in 1981. Then at the urging of others he came out of retirement to start Perelman-Carley & Associates with his wife, Betty, and two other partners. Preceding him in death besides his parents were his brother Harold Perelman and sister-in-law Ruth. Survivors are his wife, Betty Ackerman; daughter, Sarah (Aaron) Hoffman of Glencoe, IL; son, Steve Perelman (Ralph Kellogg) of Omaha; son, Dr. Michael (Dr. Sharon Carroll) Perelman of Carlsbad CA; granddaughters, Piper Hoffman (Aviv Roth), Babette Hoffman, Abigail Perelman, and Rachel Perelman; brother, Dr. Melvin (Joan) Perelman; brother-in-law Robert (Lois) Ackerman; brother-in-law Alvin Ackerman, and sister-in-law Rose Perelman. Robert was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who strived for the best, was honest to a fault, and supported his friends and community. His spirit and enormous heart will be missed, but his presence will continue to be felt.
BURIAL will be March 28, 2013, 11am at Beth El Cemetery at 84th and L Streets, followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 12:15pm at Beth El Synagogue at 144th and Dodge. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Omaha Jewish Historical Society or
. JEWISH FUNERAL HOME
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Published in Omaha World-Herald from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013