John William “Bill” Perala

GWINN, MI. – John William “Bill” Perala, age 60, of 600 Hercules, Gwinn, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Marquette General Hospital.

Bill was born in Negaunee to the late John William and Evelyn (Nyman) Perala on September 19, 1952. He graduated from Negaunee High School in 1970 and was retired from Pathways. Bill was a member of the V.F.W.

He played in several bands over the years and was known as “Billy Bass”.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Roberts-Perala, three sons; Matthew Perala of Madison, WI, Bradley (Bethany) Perala of Nashville, TN, and Keith Roberts of Gwinn, one daughter; Bree (Robert) LaJoie of Negaunee, three grandchildren; Evelyn, Noah, and Hunter, one niece; Amy Church, and his very special friend, Gary Cain of Ishpeming. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Lois Church.

The family will hold a gathering at the Negaunee V.F.W. Post at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 10, 2013. A graveside service will be held at the Negaunee Cemetery in the spring. The Perala Funeral Home is assisting the family.