Harold Morris Perry Lansing Harold "Hal" Perry passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 24th surrounded by his family. Hal Perry was born to Marrian and Clarence "Yank" Perry in Mt Pleasant Michigan on February 27, 1929. After graduation from Dimondale High School in 1947 he proudly served in the United States Marine Corp for 12 years achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. On September 5, 1953 he married the love of his life, Norene Patricia Boyd, and they raised two daughters, Lyn and Karyn. For over thirty years Hal worked as the Business Representative and Financial Secretary for Painters and Decorators Local 845 in Lansing Michigan and was the author of the popular "Painter's Spatters" column in the Allied Trades newsletter. After retiring, Hal enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, tending his spectacular garden, attending MSU football games and Downtown Coaches Club, as well as following his beloved Detroit Tigers. He faithfully kept the Friday evening vigil at the Holy Spirit Oratory perpetual adoration chapel and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary church for 45 years. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote "The purpose of lifeis to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." This quote perfectly describes Hal's life. His sharp wit, keen intelligence, and calm, patient demeanor gained the trust, love, and respect of those who knew him. He never met anyone who remained a stranger long and will be greatly missed by his many friends and the people whose lives he touched. Hal is survived by his wife of sixty years, Pat, daughter Lyn and son-in-law Robert Hood, her son and daughter-in-law Collin and Shawna Nyeholt and great grandchildren Calvin Nyeholt, Archer/Sterling Nyeholt due in May, daughter and son-in-law Karyn Perry and Donald Boomershine and their children Layne and Jackson, a brother and sister in law, Roger and Jean Perry of Toledo Ohio and several nieces and a nephew. The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal. - Cicero The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 2:00p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John Byers as celebrant. Entombment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1:00PM at the church. Memorials can be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank in memory of Hal. Arrangements by Palmer Bush & Jensen Family Funeral Homes, Holt-Delhi Chapel. Condolences can be made at www.palmerbush.com.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Nov. 26, 2013