Roger Perry, 95Roger B. Perry, 95, died October 4, 2011 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Roger B. Perry, 95, died October 4, 2011 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Roger was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on March 1, 1916, the son of Ralph and Marie (Booth) Perry. He was raised in the Baptist faith, attended schools and graduated from high school in Marshalltown.
Roger attended junior college and then accepted a football scholarship at William Penn College in Iowa. Following college, Roger was united in marriage to Wilma Johnson on September 4, 1938. He worked for Montgomery Ward in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and later worked in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Roger and Wilma then purchased a Maid-Rite sandwich shop in St. Cloud that they owned and operated for eight years before moving to Alexandria and founding Perry’s Furniture in 1956. The business continues to operate today under the third generation of the Perry family.
Roger was very active in the Alexandria community. He was involved in the Masonic Lodge, was president of the Chamber of Commerce and was elected president for two terms at the Alexandria Golf Club. He was also one of the founding members of the Community State Bank of Alexandria.
Roger is survived by his wife, Wilma Perry of Alexandria; children, Michael (JoAnn) Perry of Alexandria, Pat (Barbara) Perry of Belgium, WI, and Janice (Brad) Nierengarten of Clearwater, FL. Also surviving are grandchildren, Mark David Perry, Linda Kay Perry Nelson, Stephanie Lynn Perry McConville, Pat Roger Perry, Brian Michael Perry, Joseph David Perry, and Laura Elizabeth Perry; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; and three brothers.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 7 at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria with the Rev. Craig Dahl officiating. Music was provided by Laurie Youngers. Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria with his grandchildren serving as pallbearers.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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