Perry R. Grell


PAPILLION, NEB. – Services for Perry Raymon Grell, 62, will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Family Life Center in Papillion, Neb. Burial will be in Cedar Dale Cemetery in Papillion, Neb.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church Family Life Center in Papillion, Neb. Bethany Funeral Home in La Vista, Neb., is in charge of arrangements.

Perry Raymon Grell died from advanced heart failure at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Oct. 6, 2020.

He was born June 19, 1958, and raised in a small farming community in northwest Iowa. Perry graduated from Galva High School and earned his bachelor of science degree in animal science from South Dakota State University.

While attending SDSU, Perry met Barb and the two were married in 1980. For the next 12 years, he farmed near the Galva/Holstein area. During that time, Perry and Barb welcomed two sons, Brett and Tyler.  

In 1987, Perry went to school for air traffic control and began working at the Sioux City Tower while still farming. In 1992, he left farming and moved to Omaha, Neb., to pursue other air traffic control opportunities with the Federal Aviation Administration. Perry spent the next 26 years with the FAA before retiring in 2018.

Perry’s favorite things were traveling, cooking, watching baseball, reading and spending time with family and friends. He loved the Lord and was always involved in his local church body.

Perry is survived by his loving wife, Barb, of Papillion, Neb.; two sons: Brett (Nicole) of Papillion, Neb., and Tyler (Chelsea) of St. Louis, Mo.; and two grandsons: Connor and Colin of Papillion, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Florence Grell, and a brother, Paul Grell.

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