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Paul Everett Perris

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Paul E. Perris

"Life is not about arriving at the end of the journey in great shape and unscathed but, rather, coming in skidding sideways, thoroughly worn out, beat down and yelling, 'WOW, what a ride.'" From PEP to PEP II.

The memorial service for Paul Everett Perris (PEP), 59, McKinleyville, who died February 8, was Saturday at the Arcata VFW Post 2542 Memorial Building.

An honor guard presented the folded American flag to family, shot 21 volleys and played taps. Per Paul's wish, his cremains will be cast in the ocean from a Navy ship.

Born May 9, 1950, Burbank, CA, Paul and family moved in 1959 to McKinleyville. At 18, and during the Vietnam War, he enlisted in the Navy, qualified as a submariner on the USS Wahoo (SS 565), was a radioman first class on the USS Bonefish (SS 582), and a communications repairman, US Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan. He said that qualifying for his submarine Dolphins pin was his greatest achievement.

Paul's buddies included submariners, those of the VFW, and Jimmy, Aaron and home nurse, Kate. He was a member of U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI) and its Cyberspace Base; life member, VFW, and lobbied for veterans' benefits, including for disabilities, on state and national levels. Among Paul's many talents were playing multiple musical instruments and, for others, fixing, with a smile and no charge, anything mechanical.

Paul is survived by mother, Janice Perris, McKinleyville; son, Navy Petty Officer First Class Paul E. Perris II (wife, Adesa), San Diego; brother, Michael DeVaney and family, Lake Arrowhead, CA, and former wife, Melinda Perris, Arcata. He was preceded in by father, Everett Perris.

Those who wish may make a memorial donation in Paul's name to the nonprofit USSVI Charitable Foundation/Brotherhood Fund to benefit active and veteran submariners: USSVCF, PO Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383, or online http://tinyurl.com/y8srxwl or www.ussvi.org
(click left, charitable foundation).

We're grateful to Paul's friends for their compassion and thoughtfulness. Online Guest book www.legacy.com/obituaries/times-standard.

Photos http://picasaweb.google.com/nancyyockey/PEP?feat=directlink.

Paul fought the good fight, finished the course, kept his faith. Sailor, rest your oar.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2010
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