James E. Perry

Friday, May 8, 2015 3:49 pm

James E. Perry, 88, Madison, Wis., formerly of Hesper, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Trinity Senior Community in Madison, Wis. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel, Minn., with Pastor Keith Mardock officiating. Burial is in the Hesper Public Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Luncheon to be served at the Mabel First Lutheran Church following the service.

James was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Orleans Township, Winneshiek County, to Bertram L. and Lydia C. (Rowley) Perry. He attended country school and then June 26, 1947, he married Ruth Olson in Riceville. He worked many jobs, starting with working on the family farm; for Boeing Aircraft as a laborer and mechanic; as a heavy equipment operator; a plumber; for Scenic Hawkeye Stages as a bus mechanic and charter bus driver; and as a school bus driver for the North Winneshiek School. They lived in several places including Winneshiek County, Calif., and Mabel before moving to Hesper in 1960. where they have lived until moving to Madison, Wis. in 2008. He was a member of the Hesper Friends Church and the Hesper-Mabel Area Historical Society. James and Ruth were avid gardeners and enjoyed having a grape arbor, an apple orchard and vegetable gardens over the years. James and Robert Street remodeled a home in Hesper to resemble a log cabin on the inside. He loved working with wood during the winter and thrashing at Steam Engine Days. After retiring, Jim and Ruth got a boat, went fishing and loved telling the story about the one that got away. Their miniature dachshund Frieda gave them much fun and joy. Ruth passed away May 30, 2008.

James is survived by a son, Doug (Won), of Korea; a daughter, Janis (Phil) Emmling, of Madison; five grandchildren: Brian (Jennifer) Schiltz and Rhonda (Robert) Stankiewicz, Victoria Perry, Rebekah (Jordan) Worner and Hanna Perry; a step-grandson, Steve Emmling; four great-grandchildren: Derek Schiltz, Addison Emmling, Jessica Schiltz and Adam Stankiewicz. James’ siblings are Caroline Cleveland, Emma Souhrada, Rosalind Lawrence, Margaret Webster, Peggy Carman, Lydia Schultz, Alfred Perry, Leota Fox, Dawn Sayre, Bonnie Baldwin and Robert Perry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; a grandson, Jamie Perry; and two brothers, Alfred and Robert.


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