Thomas B. Perrault, age 63, of Monticello, passed away in his home August 11, 2023. Tom was born on July 12, 1960 to Jerome and Irma (Dehmer) Perrault.
Tom was a 1978 Monticello High School graduate and a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota in agricultural sciences. He was a long-time employee of Wal-Mart in Monticello and his laugh could be heard from aisles away in the store. Over the years he also worked at Martie’s Farm Service, sold cell phones and phone service, and also enjoyed time as a DJ at Lucky’s Bar and Grill in Monticello.
He was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist in Dayton and a vocalist for the choir. Over the years, Tom also shared his joy in singing with the Church of St. Henry in Monticello and the Church of St. Albert in Albertville. He was also a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and at one time served as Grand Knight and Trustee.
In the mid 80’s Tom moved in with his Aunt Maggie to help with her care. Even after she moved into a nursing home, he visited her every day until her death in 1998.
Tom spent many hours serving the community. He was involved in the Monticello Jaycees, serving as the chapter president in 1992-1993 and 1994-1995. He also served as the East Central South Regional Director from 1997-1998. He started a project with the Jaycees, playing bingo monthly with the Monticello Nursing Home residents, and kept that program going for many years. Tom received the Senator Award from the Jaycees for all of this hard work. Tom served on the board of The Men’s Center in Minneapolis for several years. He also volunteered bell ringing during the holiday seasons for the Salvation Army, often singing Christmas carols for the shoppers as they walked by.
He was also very active in the political arena, including his over 30-year involvement with the local Republican Party. Tom was a constant presence at caucuses, parades, and fairs and diligently made sure people had lawn signs each election season! He also served for several years on the Monticello City Council and was very supportive of the local community.
Tom also enjoyed carving pumpkins at Halloween, gardening, karaoke, and performed a few times at the Monticello Riverfest Talent Show.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Irma Perrault; brother, Loren Perrault; and nephews, Matthew Perrault and Zachary Ludders.
Tom is survived by siblings, James (Alicia) of Foothill Ranch, CA, Kathy Weiss of Monticello, Joseph (Kelly) of Monticello, Daniel of Robbinsdale, Donald (Michelle) of Omaha, NE, Paul (Jessica) of Blaine, Audrey (Timothy) Davis of Big Lake; three Goddaughters, Jerianne Zimmerman (niece), Christine Perrault (niece) and Shauna Rae LaRue (friend); and many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.
Visitation was held Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 4-8 p.m, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. followed by a Rosary, at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main Street NW, Elk River, MN. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, August 18, 2023 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 18380 Columbus Street, Dayton, MN with Father John Powers as Celebrant. Interment at St. Henry’s Cemetery in Monticello, MN.
Serving the family is Dare’s Funeral Home of Elk River, MN. 763-441-1212. www.daresfuneralhome.com.