Tony M. Perez, Sr., 71

Tony M. Perez, Sr., 71, of West Bend passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. He was born on June 3, 1940, in San Antonio to Jose and Julia (nee Martinez) Perez. Tony married Judy Jeske in Milwaukee on Sept. 26, 1959. 

Tony was a devoted Christian. When God gave him the miracle of surviving his second round of cancer, he appreciated everyday miracles, both large and small. Tony never took a day for granted. 

Tony had a great passion for animals and wildlife of all kind. He always encouraged others to take extra care of the animals as well. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew him, especially his favorite "canine daughter" Jezebel "Jessica" and dear friend Karen Zunker. 

Tony is survived by his former wife Judy Perez. He is "Pop" to Tony (Susan) Perez, Jr; "Old Man" to Tammy Perez; "Daddy" to Lisa Kaehne; and "Poppy" to Julie (Jeff) Kappler and Karrie Butler. Tony is Grandpa to Lucas, Dale (Crystal), Michael (Sandy), Tonio "Tonzinski," Desi-ree, Malorie, Whit-ney, Connor, Linzy, Olivia, and Addi-syn; and great-grandpa to Jaiden "Jason," Elaina, Nick, Noah, and soon arriving BabyPerez. He is further survived by his siblings Esther Jeske, Joe (Doris) Perez, Robert (Judy) Perez, and "Smoke" (Linda) Perez, and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. Tony is preceded in death by his infant son Dale, parents Joe and Julia Perez, and brother-in-law Bud Jeske. 

A funeral service for Tony will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend with the Rev. Jim Tucci presiding. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home ONLY on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

The family wishes to extend a special "thank you" to all those that have cared for Tony during his courageous battle. 

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. (262) 338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.