Clifford E. Perras, Jr.
February 23, 1947 ~ December 27, 2014
Clifford E. Perras, Jr., age 67, died December 27, 2014 while visiting family and friends in Lexington, Kentucky. Cliff was born on February 23, 1947 in Marinette, WI to the late Clifford, Sr. and Alice (Frank) Perras. For many years his parents owned the Perras Bar, Hotel and Restaurant in Nadeau, MI.
On August 4, 1984, he married Sherice Schneider in Lexington, and they settled in South Bend, IN.
He graduated from Carney-Nadeau High School in 1965 and was class president. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts as well as other citations. He was a member of the Carney-Nadeau American Legion Post 487.
Cliff began his career in sales working for a variety of companies in the wholesale appliance and eye care industry and lived, for various periods of time, in the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, California and Wisconsin.
In 1987, he entered the Financial Services Business and was the owner of Perras and Associates, where he successfully served clients in Northern Indiana / Southwestern Lower Michigan. He was Past President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of Michiana, and was recognized as their Advisor of the Year in 2008.
A Marine, Staunch Conservative, Lifetime NRA Member and Community Volunteer, Cliff was well known in the recovery community. Quietly, and without fanfare, he served those in need as they sought to recover from the ravages of drug and alcohol addiction. He also served on the board of directors of Corvilla, Inc., a Northern Indiana home for the disabled, and was famous for helping to direct parking traffic during Notre Dame home football games. He and Sherice were very active volunteers in their church.
An avid golfer, he was a founding member of the NAIFA of Michiana Joseph B. Smith Memorial Golf Outing that each year raises many thousands of dollars for the benefit of Hospice. His golf travels included trips to Pebble Beach, The Masters Tournament, Pinehurst, and a “Trip of a Lifetime” to Scotland in 2006. Cliff will especially be missed by the members of the “Fall Classic”, a brotherhood that this past September celebrated their 26th consecutive year playing golf in Northern Lower Michigan.
He loved a good cigar, was a proud “Yooper”, Packer Fan, NCAA Basketball Junkie and was a “self-proclaimed” expert Cribbage player. He and his brother co-owned the Perras Brothers Deer Camp in the heart of Michigan’s UP. He always felt most alive while spending time there with his family, their many friends, relatives and fellow hunters.
Besides Sherice, he is survived by his brother John (Pam) Perras of Grand Rapids, MI; and their daughters, Kelsey and Jennifer; as well as many cousins, friends and clients.
Visitation will be held at St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Words of Remembrance will begin at 6:30 pm for those who wish to share memories or stories about Cliff.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday January 3, 2015 in the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church or Corvilla, Inc., 3231 Sugar Maple Business Court, South Bend, IN 46628. Please visit www.palmerfuneralhomes.com to offer online condolences.