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Peter Perini, 80, died peacefully and in the company of his children at his home in Fountain Hills, Az on September 11, 2008. Pete was born in New Village, NJ on February 10, 1928. He was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. As a young man, he took full advantage of his God-given athletic talents, turning these gifts into remarkable success. A high school state wrestling champion, Pete went on to excel in both baseball and football at Ohio State, earning an induction into the University's Sports Hall of Fame. He played for the Boston Braves baseball organization, and in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns. His athletic achievements were capped by being a key part of teams that won both the Rose Bowl and the NFL Championship. The lessons of sport served Pete well in his subsequent professional life and beyond. He worked in the Ohio Department of Corrections for nearly three decades, serving as Superintendent of the Marion Correctional Institution until his retirement. His career and life were characterized by building and managing successful teams and helping individuals to realize their potential. Pete reveled in the professional and personal successes of those he mentored, and his final years were focused on his loving extended family. He was preceded in death by wife, Merry Crum Perini, in 1991. Pete is survived by 3 children, Sherry (Bob) Hunkler of Fountain Hills, Az, Mindy (Ernie) Williams of Lagrange, OH, and Tom (Barb) Perini of Marion, OH; 10 grandchildren, Nick (Rachel) Perini, Lindsay Perini, Eric Perini, Logan Perini, Megan Williams, Tyler Williams, Aimee Williams (Tim) Wood, Ray (Jolyn) Williams, Kate (Travis Hollowell) Hunkler and John Hunkler; 7 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, including Vince and Barb Chiu of New Village, NJ; and his loving companion Dollie Miller of Sun City, Az and her family. A memorial service will be held at 11am on Sat., September 13 at the Messinger Mortuary, 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, Az. An additional memorial service will be held in Marion, Ohio at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Banner Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Sep. 13 to Sep. 14, 2008.
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September 23, 2008
Thanks to everyone that has signed this guest book. It is wonderfull to see how many peoples life my dad has touched.He was my hero, my best friend and father. Tom Perini
Tom Perini
September 15, 2008
Sherry, Mindy, Tom and families,
We were just talking and wondering about Pete a week or so ago. We're so sorry to see that he had passed away. Merry and Pete were very special to my husband Mel and myself and we used to enjoy partying with them. We also retired from Corrections so had gotten to know Merry and Pete through the "Corrections" connection.
Again, we offer our sympathy
Mel & Ann Gangluff
September 15, 2008
Mindy: I was just telling my niece the story of how special it is to be able to spend your birthday and then to tell the story of how you spent it (she turned 16 on a trip to Ireland 2 weeks ago with my sister) I will always remember how you and your dad and Lester Smith made my 18th birthday so special by taking me to my first Ohio State Football game.

Remember all the good times with your dad and mom and keep telling stories to keep their memory alive.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kathi (Baker) Holmes
September 15, 2008
Sherry, Mindy and Tom,
Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My parents(Dick and Ruth Hall) and brother Hap always appreciated the great friendship between our families. Our parents were fortunate to have true life long friends.
God Bless, Mike Hall
Mike Hall
September 15, 2008
One of a kind with sympathy.
Nan Johnson
September 15, 2008
Sherry, Mindy & Tom,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Never did a Thanksgiving go by that we didn't spend it with your parents in Marion. Jeff (my son) still remembers your parents and your father taking him on a tour back to the correctional facility and showing him the helicopters (which he was fascinated by). Be safe on your journey thru life; you couldn't have had better parents.

Mary Easton Taynor
Mary Taynor
September 14, 2008
Dear Sherry: Pete was an incredible man and we're sure he will be missed by many. Much love to you and your family during this time of sorrow. We are thinking of you often.
Jan and Larry
Jan & Larry Hopkins
September 14, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. I lived across the street from him and your mom on Tyjon Circle. I have been corresponding with Pete since he left to go to Arizona.. I will miss his wit and humor. I am so sorry for your loss
Kim (Daft) DeVore
September 13, 2008

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing, I have so many good memories of him during high school, and later working for him. He was such a great inspiration and his passing leaves a lingering sadness.You guys have such a good family relationship, you will make it through this fine.
September 13, 2008
Dearest Sherry, Mindy & Tom(my), Karen & I were just talking about your dad & all of you last Friday & wondering how your lives have turned out. I have missed you all terribly. Just know that your old neighbors think of you often and our prayers are with you across the miles.
Always, MaryJane (or as your dad named me MJ-it stuck), Karen Cox and Brad Kincade
MJ Hensley
September 13, 2008
Sherry, Mindy and Tom & families:

I am so sorry to hear of Pete's passing. I was taking my usual after-work run through the neighborhood on Thursday when my neighbor, Julius Wilson, stopped me to give me the news. I checked my e-mail, saw your note and called my mother. I am so glad to hear you were all able to be there with your dad at the end. I know this is a very difficult time, but when I read his beautifully-written obituary, I couldn't help but think what a wonderful life Pete lived. And he will live on in your memories and those of his grandchildren.
Holly Pupino
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