April 23, 2013
Steve L. Perpich, 85, died peacefully at the Providence Marianwood Nursing Facility in Issaquah the morning of April 6, 2013.
Steve was a “New Year’s baby” born Jan. 1, 1928, in South Chicago to Steve and Frances Perpich (Prpic) who were immigrants from Croatia. Steve was one of seven children and the “middle” son of five brothers. When his father died in 1944, Steve left High School at age 16 to support his family while his two older brothers were serving in World War II.
In 1946, Steve enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was promoted to corporal and served in the South Pacific, including the island of Guam, where he guarded prisoners of war. He was honorably discharged in 1947.