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Louis Perner, 94

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LEBANON -- Mr. Perner, 94, of Lebanon, another of The Greatest Generation died March 5, 2012. Known as "Lou" to his friends and family, he was born Feb. 8, 1918 at 506 Concord Avenue, Bronx, New York, the second son of Louis Perner, Sr. and Rosa Ludwigsen Perner.

Mr. Perner served in the Army of the United States during WWII, Service Company 13th Infantry. Battles and campaigns included: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland. He was a military occupation specialty, automotive mechanic and received American Defense Service Medal, European African-Middle Eastern service medals as well as good conduct medal. He was an expert Gunner Submachine Gun Cal 45.

He and his wife of 50 years, Frances Chambers Perner, met while he was on maneuvers in Lebanon.

He served The National Guard of Tennessee as Master Sergeant Company E 173rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

"Lou" was a graduate of Nokes Business School, former photographer, owner of The Hobby Shop at Castle Heights and Quality Pets & Hobbies.

He retired from the United States Postal Service and the City of Lebanon. Born and reared of the Lutheran faith, he was a longtime member of the American Legion.

His generosity and fun-loving personality along with never meeting a stranger or someone he wouldnt help. He was a world class father and a devoted family man. You will always be remembered and loved by your family.

Louis is preceded in death by wife, Frances Chamber Perner (of the late John William and Bessie Trice Chambers); father Louis Perner, Sr. and mother Rosa Ludwigsen Perner; brother Henry John Perner.

Survivors include: daughters Jackie (Jack) Malone and Barbara Perner (Sonny) Petza; son John Louis (Joyce Ayers) Perner; grandchildren Lacy Victoria McCullough, Peyton Louis McCullough, Marty (Tanya) Petza and John Theodore (Brittany) Perner; great-grandchildren Ari Giovanni Petza and Jennifer Perner.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 9 at Partlow Funeral Chapel with a Veteran graveside service Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers: Sonny Petza, Donnie McCullough, James T. McCullough, Phil Dickens, Dave Mellon and Harry Martin.

Arrangements by Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel.

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