Wilfred Julius Jr.
Wilfred "Bill" J. Perry Jr., 87, passed away on April 8, 2014, at The Toledo Hospital with loving hospital at his side. He was born in Toledo, August 23, 1926, to Wilfred J. Perry Sr., and Bernice (Hines) Perry. He was raised during the Depression by his father; having lost his mother at the age of two. Bill graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. After studying electrical training at Purdue University, he was assigned to the U.S.S. Vestal Stationed primarily in Hong Kong, he served on board
repairing electrical systems in damaged vessels of the American fleet.
Following the war, he returned to Toledo and married Joanne Hardy, July 15, 1947, and would become a loving father to a daughter and a son. He joined his father as a building contractor, helping build numerous subdivisions in the Toledo area, while
attending The University of Toledo, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He would later begin his own contracting company, building homes throughout the 1960s. In 1970, he contracted the building
of the Diamond's Men Store in the newly established Southwyck Mall. For the next thirty years, he contracted his services to the Lions Store, later to become Dillards. He was an artist at his trade in that he could design, build, or repair most any
requested project. He was an avid bowler, participating in leagues for many years and loved to golf with his son and brothers-in-law. He was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church for many years and later attended First Congressional Church. He never missed his children's numerous dance and sporting events and instilled in them a life of integrity, based on a firm Christian foundation.
Bill is preceded in death by his loving wife, Joanne and is survived by those who love him dearly, his daughter, Susan Bennett (Wally); his son, Stephen (Roberta); grandson, Matthew Koelsch (Erin); granddaughters, Kimberly Malarkey (Henry IV), Lauren Snyder (Ben), Amanda Holt (Zachary), and great-grandsons, Henry V, Ryan, Samuel, Noah, Evan, and great-granddaughters, Lydia, Ruth, Cora, and Gwendolyn.
A memorial service will be held at Cedar Creek Church's Perrysburg Campus Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. A private interment service for
family will follow at Toledo
Memorial tributes may be made in Wilfred's name to Lymen Liggins Sr. Nutrition Program, 2120 Graden Lake Pkwy, Toledo, OH 43614, Attn: Valley Services.
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 12, 2014