Stephen Perlaky

Stephen Edward Perlaky Jr.

Thursday, August 15th, 1946 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
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Stephen Edward Perlaky Jr., went home to see His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, February 1, 2019. He had endured a long illness, but passed away quickly and peacefully in the garage, a place that was very representative of his love of working with his hands and sharing his knowledge with others. He was a loving husband of 40 years to his wife, Earleen L. Perlaky (Deppen-DeLeon), and proud father of Mark E. DeLeon (Darcy), Stephen E. Perlaky III (Charlotte), Laura Young (Nick) and Michelle Harder (Craig). His 12 grandchildren were very dear to him; Lyida Manuel (Jabez), Alayna Chrysler (Jacob), Ethan DeLeon, Aubrey, Averey, and Zachary Perlaky, Selah, Jonah, and Rebekah Young, and Moriah, Silas and Avenlee Harder. Recently becoming a Great Grandfather to Bethany Manuel made him especially proud. Stephen is also survived by his loving mother, Patricia Whitman Perlaky and sister, Patsy(Richard) Anselmo of Maryland. He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen E. Perlaky, and sisters, Judy Christiansen (Perlaky-Martin) and Angela Perlaky.

Stephen was born in Toledo, Ohio on August 15, 1946 and was the oldest of four children. He grew up in Oregon, Ohio. Some of the fondest years of his childhood were spent in Dade City, Florida living with his Grandma and Grandpa Whitman during middle school. As a teen, he was a wrestler and football player and received top physical fitness awards. Stephen graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1965, in Oregon, Ohio.

After high school he went on to barber school, at the direction of his uncle, and became a Barber. In 1966, Stephen enlisted the U.S. Army Reserves where he served 6 years. Steve, as most called him, spent his life as a Craftsman. He loved his tools and working on projects. The pinnacle of his career was being the founder of Perlaky Repair & Finish, a boat repair business in Trowbridge, Ohio. He later went on to become a Commercial Project Coordinator and worked hard in a variety of capacities until he retired 2003. He was known as man who thought things through, worked from sun up to way after sun down, and provided quality craftsmanship on every project.

His father instilled in him a love of boats at a young age. Steve shared many memories of working on and enjoying boats. His tools, carpentry work, and in his later years ‘tinkering around in the garage’ brought him a lot of joy. He had a unique perspective on life and shared his sense of humor freely.
Steve faced many difficult health issues during the last several years, but endured them without compliant. He demonstrated incredible strength and faith; and always had a positive attitude no matter what the set back. Steve is fondly remembered for his extraordinary energy, his passion for life, and remarkable way he lived it. He brought laughter to everyone who knew him. He often praised his caregivers since 2001. Steve was a wonderful family man and friend, and will be greatly missed by all.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Mill Grove United Methodist Chapel in Indian Trail, North Carolina and his memorial service will be held at 12:00pm. A time of remembrance and gathering of friends will be held in Ohio in the coming months and will be announced at a later date. Memorials can be given to Habit for Humanity of Union County or one’s choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Mill Grove United Methodist Church
    7311 Mill Grove Rd.
    indian trail, NC 28079
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Visitation will be held in the Historic Chapel behind the church.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 12:00pm
    Mill Grove United Methodist Church
    7311 Mill Grove Rd.
    indian trail, NC 28079
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Service will be held in the Historic Chapel behind the church.


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Chloe Holliday

Posted at 09:47am
I am so truly sorry for your loss. May you find a measure of comfort in knowing that you are not alone during this difficult time. Our Heavenly Father promises to be a source of peace during this period of distress (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 and Isaiah 41:10, 13) . May your warm memories of Mr. Perlaky keep you until the day that you are reunited (John 5: 28, 29). I hope you will also continue to feel comforted by love and support of family and friends. Once again, sorry for your loss.

Richard & Arlene Keresey

Posted at 11:19am
May God's loving presence give you and your family strength, peace, and comfort in your loss. Thanking God for Stephen's life, your loving family, and friends.

Carole and Richard Malko

Posted at 07:09pm
Wishing the Perlaky Family strength and peace during this hard time. Sorry for your loss.
Carole and Richard Malko


Rodney Young, Shawn and Lucinda Conkle

Posted at 06:57pm
Praying for all of you during this difficult time. May God be with you all!
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