Gordon “Dale” Perry was sung into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, May 19, 2019. His granddaughters sang “Amazing Grace” as they and other family stood around his bed as he retired from his long fight with cancer. He is “free indeed”!
He was born on July 9, 1936, to Lloyd William Perry and Esther Oleava (Gladish) Perry. He was a U. S. Army veteran, and he attended vocational school for engines in Tennessee. He farmed for decades with his father in and around the White River bottoms, and with his two older sons before he retired. He married Ruth “Louise” White on April 23, 1961; they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in 2019. He was a faithful attendee of River of Life Fellowship Church and loved Jesus and his family very much.
He had a very mechanical mind, and he was never happier than when he was tinkering with some kind of machine. He loved to go to fairs and antique shows to see the machinery and would spend hours inspecting and figuring out how the machines worked. He had the opportunity on the farm to put this interest into practice many times as he maintained and repaired the farm machinery and thought of new ways to modify machines for other uses. He and his dad designed and built some unique pieces for their own use as well; chief among them were their silage wagons.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; three sons – Kevin of Hazleton, Paul (Lou) of Monroe City, Kyle (Lynette) of Avon; a daughter, Lori (Eric) Gilham of Otwell; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded into heaven by his parents and his grandson, Jonathan Perry. Visitation and the funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at River of Life Fellowship Church beginning at 10:00 A. M., with the funeral following at 2:00 P. M. Burial will be in Walnut Hills Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care.