Benjamin Perea

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Perea, Benjamin

Benjamin Perea, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle was called to his eternal resting place with the Lord on April 15, 2017. He was born on May 12, 1930 in Torreon, New Mexico. Benjamin goes before us with memories of his love for God, family, life, friendliness, cheerfulness, and humor.

He is survived by Celeste Perea, his beloved wife of 61 years; son, Benjamin Perea of Albuquerque; daughters, Linda Sedillo and husband, Raymond of Albuquerque, MaryLouise (Lisa) Taylor and husband, John of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Melissa Sedillo of Scottsdale, Arizona, Melinda Rodriguez and husband, Jose of Albuquerque, Dr. Suzanne Burns and husband, Kevin of Charleston, South Carolina, and Jaimee Perea of Dallas, Texas, who were the love, pride, and joy of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Escolastica and Antonio Perea, and his sister and brothers, Fidela Gallegos, Antonio Perea, Boleslo Perea and Pablo Perea. He is survived by one brother, Ermenes Perea of Estancia, New Mexico; and many nieces and nephews.

Benjamin served our country in the United States Air Force from 1951-1954 and was stationed in Landsberg, Germany during the Korean War (12th RSM). Benjamin and Celeste were devoted members of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church in Estancia. Benjamin was a business owner, Estancia Volunteer Fireman, Estancia Town Councilman, and member of the American Legion Organizations of Estancia and Albuquerque.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. at The Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a Holy Rosary, 12:00 p.m. to follow at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church in Estancia, New Mexico. Interment will follow the Rosary with Military Honors at Estancia Memorial Cemetery in Estancia. Pallbearers are Kevin Burns, Patrick Gallegos, James Klein, Gilbert Pino, Jose Rodriguez, and John Taylor. Honorary Pallbearer is Ermenes Perea. Please visit our online guest book for Benjamin at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 19, 2017