Kenneth Leon Perry, 81, passed away at his home in Sheridan with his family by his side on Wednesday morning, Sept. 16, 2020.
Born Sept. 30, 1938 in Hamilton County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Howard Paul and Marie Alberta (Illges) Perry.
Mr. Perry was a 1956 graduate of Sheridan High School, and later enlisted in the United States Navy. He proudly served his country aboard the USS Lexington.
After returning home from the service, he entered the job market. He worked for a few different companies before hiring on with Carmel Concrete. For 21 years he was their "jack of all trades," keeping things running as smoothly as possible. A life-changing injury on the job forced Mr. Perry into early retirement.
Slowing down was not an easy task though. He always enjoyed being outdoors; whether it was going on a camping trip, fishing with his family, or just volunteering to mow at the park, he always found a way to make it happen. One of his favorite outdoor activities was sitting on the front porch. Sometimes it was just with a cup of coffee and the sounds of country quiet; other times it was swapping stories over the occasional Jack and Coke with his Legion buddies or his longtime friend and “brother from another mother," Denny Parks. Mr. Perry always looked forward to Mr. Parks' trips up from Florida.
In addition, Mr. Perry enjoyed woodworking.
He was a man of strong faith. He was a member of the East Union Christian Church, but he also attended Sheridan Six Points Church and the Big Springs Community Church. He was a member and Past Worshipful Master of the Hinkle Masonic Lodge F&AM #310 of Deming and an honorary member of Boone Lodge F&AM #9 in Lebanon. He was a Past Associate Guardian of Jobs Daughters Bethel #34 in Sheridan. Mr. Perry was also a member and Past Commander of the K.V. Elliott Post #67 of the American Legion in Sheridan. He was very active within the Legion and was a dedicated member of their Funeral Honors detail.
Survivors include the love of his life, Imadell (Beck) Perry. For 60 years, they were by each other's side, raising a wonderful family and tackling whatever life threw their way, together. Also surviving are his daughters, Evelyn Sutton (Larry) Summers of Lebanon, Crystal (Dennis) Hopper of Arcadia, Belinda Perry Nixon, and Leonah Perry of Brownsburg; grandchildren, Johnathon (Destiny) Crist, Amber Sutton, Joshuah (Nora) Crist, Grace (Richard) Walker, Zachary Coursen, Gavin Walker, Rian (Stephanie) Sutton, Kenneth (Amanda) Crist, Shanna (Richard) Stowers, Shaun Summers, Dustin Stephenson, Annastasia Connolly and Aubrie Manning; great-grandchildren, Chole Crist, Aaron Stephenson, Ella Stephenson, Taylor Sutton, Hailey Sutton, Raigen Sutton, Laine Sutton, Keagan Cokel, Murphy Cokel, Natalee Crist, Kenneth Crist, Jr., Trinity Crist, Elijiah Crail and Oliver Crail; sister, Carol Strawn; and his canine grandkids, Babs, Jazzy and Dora.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby Gene, Edward and Frederick Alen Perry; sister Alice Marie Zimmerman; great-grandchild, Spencer Paul Sutton; nephew, Michael Lockwood; and son-in-law, William Spencer "Bill" Sutton.
Masonic services, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at the Sheridan Church of God, 707 W. 2nd St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until the time of service. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.