Pesek, Cyril "Paul" Jr. Age 86, passed away on Sept. 1, 2019 after a long illness. Paul was born in Mpls, MN. to Muriel Fossum Pesek & Cyril Paul Pesek on October 9, 1932. He graduated from West High School in Minneapolis in 1950, then earned a B.S. from Yale University. After Yale, Paul served in the U.S. Army Artillery and married Rae Huntington Pesek, his beloved wife of 64 years. Rae and Paul then enjoyed living in Boston while Paul earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School after which they moved back to Minneapolis. An enthusiastic entrepreneur, Paul founded and led a number of electronics firms over the course of his career including PEMCO (Pesek Engineering and Manufacturing Company), Moniterm Corporation, and Aurora Technology. Paul had a deep and lifelong dedication to community service. For many years, he helped build new homes working with Habitat for Humanity. Paul also was a member of St. Martin's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church for 50 years and enjoyed serving in many capacities including as Senior Warden. He was a trustee for both Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the United Theological Seminary. He also served as the chairman of the planning commissions for the cities of Wayzata (1962) and Orono (1975) and as a councilman for the City of Orono, Minnesota. For many years, Paul served on the Yale 1954 Class Council. His dedication and loyalty to Yale were rewarded when he was selected to serve as his class alumni secretary for 5 years, which he greatly enjoyed. In addition, he held memberships in many electronic associations. Paul and his family also lived in St. Louis from 1979-1984, where he made great friendships and was active in many social and civic pursuits, including serving as commissioner on the St. Louis Science Museum Board as a board member of the Ladue Racquet Club. Paul had boundless energy and never fully retired, continuing to help other entrepreneurs after selling his last electronics company. His many hobbies included building and maintaining walking trails in the woods behind his home, where his family and neighbors hiked frequently. His other hobbies included painting, biking, and tennis well into his 80's. His friends and family remember him most for his positive spirit, intelligent curiosity, energy and persistence, and most of all, his infectious humor. Paul's family is grateful for his caregivers at home, the staff at the Trails of Orono, his drivers and all those who contributed to his comfort and the well-being of his wife and children during his illness. He was beloved by his family and friends, all of whom will dearly miss him. Paul is survived by his wife, Rae; and his daughters: Kate Sackman, Julia Pesek, and Marjorie Pesek; his grandchildren: Charlie and Henry Sackman; and his sisters: Nancy Rasenberger and Mary Louise McRoberts. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at 11:00 am at St. Martin's by the Lake, 2801 Westwood Rd, Minnetonka Beach, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made in honor of Paul to St. Martin's by-the-Lake Episcopal Church ( or Habitat for Humanity (

Published on September 8, 2019