Donald Eugene Perry, 60, of Grandview, MO, transitioned from this life to the eternal life to come on Thursday, October 18, 2018. His passing will be mourned by family, friends, and colleagues from his personal and professional endeavors. He began his earthly sojourn in Anderson, IN on May 5, 1958, as the third child and second son of Betty Jean (Goins) Perry and Freddie Lee Perry, who preceded him in death.
He spent his early years in Anderson, IN, and St. Louis, MO where he attended Charles Sumner High School. He ultimately ended up in the Kansas City area, where he attended Penn Valley Community College and went on to spend 36 years as a dedicated computer operator with the University of Kansas Medical Center prior to his early retirement. Following retirement, he worked at Tuesday Morning as a Lead Merchandiser to make sure that his wife Ava could get a discount at her favorite store.
He was married to the love of his life, Ava for 15 years, but they were together for 25. Most recently, the couple traveled to Jamaica to celebrate their “one love.” The two were active members of Harvest Church International Outreach where they served the ministry and the people of God faithfully. Donald loved family, cooking, old school music, dominos, basketball and football. Donald was famous for his Chicken Salad and Cheesecake. He also loved and was a highly-treasured uncle to Jimmy Lynell Walker and Angelique Le’Jean Reagan, for whom he was a mentor, a guide, and a parental figure. Their regular and ongoing contact was a source of love and delight and his passing creates a significant void.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Ava (Hudson) Perry; mother, Betty Jean Perry of St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Patricia Ann Perry (Ollie) Malone of Dallas, TX and Cora Perry (Kayode) Osunbiyi of Noblesville, IN; and a brother Danny Ray (Dorothy) Perry of St. Louis, MO; aunts Dorothy Granger and Rosie Hodges of Chicago; Uncle James Hodges of Chicago; niece, Shantel Cowan and great nieces, Te’myah and Shacora Cowan; nephew Danny Ray Perry II and great nephews, Danny Ray Perry III both of St. Louis and Myzel Cowan of Noblesville, IN; as well as a host of cousins throughout the Midwest and the South. As a young man, Donald’s theme song was “Walk With Me Lord,” a song that he sang frequently on church programs. That which he sang by faith he now experiences fully as he walks with the Lord, his Savior, for all eternity.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Harvest International Church 4300 North Corrington Avenue, Kansas City, MO. 64117. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Interment Twelve Gates Memorial Garden.