John Almeron Perry passed away on Dec. 7, 2009, leaving behind many friends and family, and a loving wife who will miss him every day.
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John was born and raised in Spokane, Wash. He attended Shadle High School there and then went on to Ellensburg, Wash., for college. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam era. After returning from the service, he returned to Spokane, working many jobs, including the 1974 World's Fair, Goodwill Industries, hospice of Spokane, suicide hot line and The Aids Network.
He moved to San Francisco in the 1980s and returned to Spokane in the late 1980s. For the last 15 years of his life, John was a home health-care provider, caring for many patients in their homes who were on hospice care. He was a loving and excellent care provider. John's father was an M.D. and his mother and sister were both nurses, so health care was a natural occupation for him. He loved helping people.
John was an avid reader and did some volunteer work at the Belgrade library. In 2006, he married Gladys Campbell and moved to Belgrade, where he continued in the health care business. Although their life together was a very short time, it was a wonderful three years. They enjoyed many beautiful times.
John was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Almeron T. Perry, and his mother, Jean Bell Perry.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; his sister, Judy (Eric) Perry Gould; three nieces and their children; brothers-in-law, Robert (Judy) Poelman, Clarence (Vicky) Poelman, David (Jenny) Poelman and Stanley (Lou Joi) Poelman; and four nieces and nephews in the Poelman side of the family. Also surviving is his dog, Dixie.
We love you, John, and you will always be in our hearts. You have touched our lives forever.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2009