Valentine Perez, 84, died on Friday, July 12, 2019 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on February 14, 1935 in Coolidge Ks. Valentine, the son of Juan & Jessie (Lopez) Perez, married Mary Ramos on October 1, 1953 in Lakin, Ks.
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Valentine graduated from Lakin High School, working in the high school’s maintenance dept. while in school and continued there for 17 years after graduation. He then became an Oiler at KN Energy for the rest of his working career. He was a member of St Anthony Catholic Church of Lakin, Knights of Columbus, and had been a volunteer fireman with the Lakin Fire Department for many years. He enjoyed traveling the country, especially visiting the Rocky Mountains in CO. He enjoyed attending his family’s sporting events and was an excellent self-taught handyman and mechanic, often repairing vehicles for the Lakin community. He especially loved saying the Rosary and attended mass wherever he happened to be on any given Sunday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Jessie, brother Tony Perez and sister Terri Perez.
He is survived by his wife Mary, three sons- Joseph and wife Irene Perez of Las Vegas, Nevada, Chris and wife Betty Perez of Overland Park and Anthony Perez of Phoenix, two brothers- John (Jr.) Perez of Lakin and Richard Perez of Kendall, five sisters- Pat Avila of Garden City, Delilah Vincent of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Nellie Bribiesca of Baldwin Park, California, Ruby Escalada of Wichita and Lupe Longoria of Lakin. Valentine loved and was very proud of his six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Vigil Service will be at 7:00 PM Monday, July 15 and Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 16 at St Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin with Rev Peter Tran as Celebrant. Burial will be in Lakin Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Memorials are suggested to St Anthony Catholic Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Garnand Funeral Home 508 North Main, Box 91 Lakin,Ks 67860 620-355-7575