John Spencer Perry
January 3, l921 ~ February 10, 2013
Our beloved husband and father went to be with the Lord after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer. John was born in Seattle, his father died in 1926 and he moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to be cared for by his grandparents. John's mother was later remarried to Earl Smith and the family moved to Spokane. He attended Whitworth College and then WSU, where he joined Delta Upsilon Fraternity. During WW II he joined the Army
Air Force as part of the aircraft support division. John was sent to North Africa and later to Italy for the remainder of the war. After five years of military service, he returned to the Northwest to attend the University of Washington
, where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He met the love of his life, Nancy Daly, at a school dance. They married on July 3rd, l947 and recently celebrated their 65th Anniversary. John worked for Boeing as a structural engineer testing planes. He became a supervisor, was involved in testing the NASA Lunar Rover and also played an important part in developing lightweight airplane materials. He retired from Boeing after 35 years. John was a dedicated father and spent most of his free time with his family. He also had a passion for fishing and boating. John and Nancy enjoyed singing in the church choir and loved to square dance, where they met many wonderful friends. They traveled throughout the world and in later years, enjoyed taking annual cruises. John is preceded in death by his parents Hubert Perry and Mabel Edna Perry Smith as well as his brothers Kenneth Perry and Douglas Smith. He is survived by his wife Nancy and his five children, David Spencer, Diane Adam, (Steve Adam), Carolyn Herzog, (Ed Herzog), Deborah Mizrahi, (Yves Mizrahi), Leanne Willard, (Ray Willard). He also leaves ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am, at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 109 SW Normandy Rd, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The
or John Knox Church.