Robert Edward Perusse
Robert Edward Perusse

June 14, 1932 - December 31, 2018
Born in Minneapolis, MN
Resided in Odenton, Maryland
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Robert Edward Perusse 14 June 1932 - 31 December 2018

Robert Edward Perusse, age 86, passed away on December 31st, 2018 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland.

Robert was born in St. Paul Minnesota on June 14, 1932. Robert’s love of the railroad began as a teenager when he worked for both the Missouri Pacific and the Wabash Railroad Companies. He received his BS from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Missouri in 1953. While working on his Master’s Degree at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he met his wife, Barbara Mary Klein, also there studying for her Master’s Degree. Barbara and Robert were married in 1957 at St. Michael’s Church in Warsaw, New York.

The newlyweds moved to Newport, Rhode Island where Robert attended officer’s candidate school at the US Naval Schools Command. Upon completion of his courses he was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy, as a Special Duty Officer in Cryptologic Warfare. Robert served several at-sea deployments aboard the USNS Private Jose F. Valdez, visiting many ports of call including: Capetown and Durban, South Africa; Luanda, Angola and Mombasa, Kenya. Throughout his career Robert and Barbara were stationed at Naval Stations around the world including US NAVCOMMSTA, Guam, US NAVFAC Nicosia, Cyprus and the NSGA, Galeta Island, Panama. Robert retired from his final duty station at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland as a Lieutenant Commander in 1978. He then became an Air Condition and Heating instructor and eventually started his own business, BP Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating.

Robert is survived by his wife Barbara, his children, Lt. Col. Mark (Connie) Perusse USAF (Ret.), Dr. Kevin (Julie) Perusse, Simone (Shawn) Perusse, Dr. Karen (Luther) Perusse Johansen, Brenda (Garner) Perusse Lowe, Colleen Heffern-Perusse, Patrick (Amy) Perusse, and Nanette (Patrick) Perusse Budowski, and his grandchildren Erol, Kristin, Jeffery, Derya, Alev, Kara, Michael, Aaron, Brendan, Justine, Rhianne, Cedric, Avery, Isabella, Quinn, Scarlett, Ryan, Tate, Aiden, Allison, Caitlin, Justin, Patrick, Leonie, Gene, Matthew, Luke, Mackenzie, Laurel, Joel, and Sophia.

Services will be held Thursday, January 10th, at 10AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Odenton, Maryland, to be followed by a 11:30AM memorial service Maryland Veterans Cemetery Crownsville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Robert Perusse - Gift Funds for St. Jude -




St. Joseph's Catholic Church
1283 Odenton Road
Odenton, MD US 21113
January 10, 2019
10:00 AM
Maryland Veterans Cemetery
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD US 21032
January 10, 2019
11:30 AM


St. Jude's Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN US 38105