Joe B. Perry
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MANSFIELD: Joe B. Perry, 89, passed away Thursday, May 03, 2012 after a short illness. He was born November 15, 1922 to William H. and Edea Belle (Fannin) Perry in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
He married Helen L. McGraw on October 12, 1943. They had celebrated their 67th Anniversary just prior to her death on November 11, 2010.
Joe served in the United States Army during World War II as a heavy machine gunner and after being captured in France, spent 6 months in a German Prisoner of War Camp. Joe received the AMC and EAME Campaign Ribbons with 2 Bronze Stars. He also received a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal.
Joe was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion Post 535 and the North Central Ohio Chapter of Ex Prisoners of War. He served on the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail Squad for over 20 years to honor those who had served their country. Joe retired from Empire Detroit Steel (AKC) after 30 years of service.
He is survived by one son, Greg (Pattie) Perry of Perrysville; five daughters, Peggy Crandell of Denton, Texas, Donna Smith of Shelby, Lois (Mark) Songer of Key West, Florida, Terri Perry and Jill (Dave) Haring all of Mansfield; nine grandchildren, Brian Solinger, George Crandell, Steve Smith Jr., Rocky Smith, Scott and Weston Dennis, Lauren Urschitz and Grace and David Haring; 14 great grandchildren; one brother, William Perry of Lima, Ohio; and a host of nieces and nephews whom he loved and who will miss their "Uncle Joe". Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, David Perry, Coy Perry, Elwood Perry and Allen Perry; two sisters, Madge McGraw and Ruth Browning; and sons-in-law, Steve Smith and George Crandell Sr.
Friends may call from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Ontario. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012 at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Glenn M. Phillips. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park where full military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Burial Detail. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to MedCentral Hospice or the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail Squad.
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Published in the News Journal from May 4 to May 6, 2012