John L. Perry, 79, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Punta Gorda, Fla.
His life began in Brownstown, Ind., born Nov. 2, 1933, to Sara (nee Taggart) Perry and Fred Perry.
After graduating from Clifford High School, he served his nation in the early days of the Cold War, stationed as a U.S. Army soldier in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. His service ended in 1953, and the following year his professional career began in the emerging field of computer science. He worked as a programmer and a systems analyst for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind., through his retirement in 2000.
John was a lifelong learner and was unafraid of new endeavors. He learned to paint, and became an accomplished watercolorist. John loved boats and boating, and earned his Florida Boating Safety certificate. While most simply watch the weather, John studied it (his friends would say he was obsessed with it). He was a student of history and a careful observer of current events, from national politics to local sports. He loved to cook and entertain side-by-side with his wife of nearly 54 years, Carol (nee Meredith) Perry.
John will be remembered for his kind heart, his keen mind, and the unfaltering optimism he carried into increasingly difficult days. He was brave until the end, and a remarkable example for all who knew him.
John will be greatly missed by his wife, Carol: his sons, Greg (Debi) and Nick (Kate); and his two grandsons who brightened his life enormously, Mason and Sam.
John’s family and many friends will honor his life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, with a memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda, and then with a celebration at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association. In lieu of flowers, the Perry family requests donations in his name to Bethany Christian Services, which assists families seeking to adopt, and children in need of loving families. Both of John’s grandsons came into his life through adoption, and there is no better way to honor John than to help others experience the joy that so illuminated his life. Donations can be made in his memory at www.bethany.org.