Gene Howard Perry, 57, of Riley Township, Vickery, died unexpectedly at his farm Friday, May 28, 2010.
Gene was born March 11,1953, son of the late Robert W. and Jane E. (Wright) Perry. He attended Riley School through the eighth grade, graduated from Fremont Ross in 1971, and The Ohio State University in 1975. He was an agent and director for Farmers Mutual for many years and co-owner of Perry Rentals, Tents, Tables and Chairs, but being a farmer was his joy.
Gene became the chairman of Perry Family Traditions following the death of his parents and the grandparents he knew, Roy Perry, and Porter and Hazel Wright. He was extremely community and civic minded and reached out to everyone with his good-natured and positive attitude toward all things. He was a member and trustee of Vickery United Methodist Church, member of The Ohio State Alumni Association and chaired the OSU Scholarship Fund, member of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity, a 49-year member of the Riley Boosters 4-H Club and also a booster of the club, served on Sun Rise Co-op board, member of the Fremont Young Farmers and Sandusky Co. Farm Bureau, served on the Riley Twp. zoning appeals board, the 1998 recipient of Sandusky Co. Chamber of Commerce Farmer of the Year; former chairman of the National Young Farmers, and Ohio Young Farmers past president in 1980. Mr. Perry was an avid sports fan for Ohio State University, Cleveland and Ross High.
Survivors include his siblings, Parmelia (Tom) Boyer of Lindsey, Mary Jane (John) Gibson of Catawba, Beth E. Perry of Pasco, Wash., and Joe Robert (Karen) Perry of Vickery; nieces and nephews, Jane Kaminski, Abby Heckman, Gary Boyer, Eric Boyer, Emily Conboy, Jack Gibson, Justin R. Perry, Andrea (A.J.) Perry, Lea-Ann Wilson and Tony Roob; and 18 great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday in Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., Clyde. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Perry Family Farm in Vickery with Pastor Doug Gildenmeister officiating. Burial will be in Parkhurst Cemetery, Clyde.
Memorials may be made to Vickery United Methodist Church, Sandusky Co. 4-H Endowment Fund, or Sandusky County OSU Scholarship Fund.
Condolences may be sent at auxterfuneralhomes.com.