Richard Paul Perez, 51 of Monticello, passed away February 26, 2014 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.
Mr. Perez was a retired Master Sergeant with the U. S. Air Force where he served as a mechanic with Air Force Avionic Control Maintenance and worked in public affairs for the recruiting office.
He was co-owner of the Coal Diamond Restaurant located at Platinum Square in Monticello and was crew chief with the “can-do” crew with the S x SW music and film festival in Austin, Texas where he enjoyed helping disabled elderly people.
He received his BSE in Business from the University of Phoenix.
He was born May 16, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wis. and was the son of the late Benjamin Perez and Mary Jane Bare Perez.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jesse Perez.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Baker Perez of Monticello; a son, Chris Fortune of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Jana Jozefowski of Watertown, Wis.; four brothers, Larry Perez of Austin, Texas, Tim Mras, Jeff Poole and Ron Poole, all of Wisconsin; two sisters, Jane Perez of Austin, Texas and Robin Charles of Chesterfield, Mo; two grandchildren and one arriving in May.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.