Perry left us on July 5, 2014 at Skagit Valley Hospital after an extremely difficult ten year battle with Transverse Myelitis, which left him a paraplegic since 2004. He met the challenge of life in a wheelchair with a wonderful, positive attitude. He always reminded us "I could have been a quad". After two strokes in the summer of 2013, his days were changed and much more difficult, spent in multiple nursing homes and hospitals and never going home again. His multiple complications were too much to overcome and he peacefully passed the day after the Fourth of July, one of his favorite holidays.
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Perry grew up on Penn Rd. with his parents Ken and Vera and his sister Dehlia. He went to Immaculate Conception grade school and graduated from MVHS in 1973. He had a 26 year career in the grocery business with Thrifty Foods in Burlington, his last store employment. So many people loved Perry, from co-workers to customers. When a cute, little blond came through his check stand, he was smitten and the rest is history. A 20 year marriage to Kathi where they have laughed and shared all things in common. He also enjoyed his service as a volunteer firefighter for the Clear Lake Fire Department for 19 years. With his two jobs he still found time for his favorite past times, heading to the river with his beloved dogs, tending to his chickens and always having a project going in his garage where he loved to tinker and build. He also loved following his favorite group the Knut Bell Band, who even wrote and dedicated a song to him. We'll miss his giggle, his great jokes and his zest for life where a wheel chair never held him back.
He is survived by his wife Kathi, sons Christopher (Mandy), Kevin, Brian; his sister Dehlia; and many cousins and grandchildren. Perry, we miss you, but you have finally found serenity and peace. No more endless hours in all the nursing homes and hospitals. May you be with mom and dad and all the relatives and pets who have gone before you. May you be enjoying a bubbling stream somewhere and patiently waiting for the rest of us.
A memorial will be held Saturday, August 23rd at 1:00 at Edison/Lutheran Church, 14201 Church Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may go to Saving Pets One at a Time, Burlington.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 19, 2014