Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 29, 2014

John Delmar Perry 1939-2014

ASHLAND — Mr. John Delmar Perry, 74, of Ashland, passed away suddenly of natural causes at his daughter’s residence in Lexington on Friday evening, Jan. 24, 2014.

He was born July 24, 1939, at Rooney, a son of the late Elliott and Helen Faye Kibbey Perry.

John graduated from Erie School in 1957 and began a 25-year career at Ashland Oil upon graduation. While working at Ashland Oil, John met, and in 1959 married the love of his life, Katherine “Katie” Caudill Perry. While working full time and helping to raise two children, John attended Marshall University and received his undergraduate degree in 1969 and a master of business administration in 1971.

After his Ashland Oil career and a 10-year residence in The Woodlands, Texas, John and Katie returned to Ashland and he began 18 years of service as the director of Bethany House Christian Service Center in his hometown of Olive Hill. Katie joined him in service at Bethany House as Good Neighbor coordinator. As a testament to their dedication to the community, neither accepted a salary during the last nine years of their tenure. He and Katie retired from Bethany House in July 2013.

John was a 32nd-degree Mason and a past master at Olive Hill Masonic Lodge 629. He was also a member of El Hasa Shrine Temple. He was a Kentucky colonel and a Kentucky admiral. John loved Kentucky basketball, good food and lively company. He was an avid storyteller who conjured up vivid tales for his children, and later his grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his older brother, Robert Nelson Perry.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katherine Caudill Perry; two children, Angela Perry Horger (Jason) of Lexington and John Delmar “Zeke” Perry II (Lori) of Hurricane, W.Va.; his brothers, William Fred Perry (Priscilla) of Spring, Texas, and Samuel Raymond Perry (Helen) of Dunwoody, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Perry of Ashland; three grandchildren, Katherine Rose Horger, Allison Paige Perry and Mason Douglas Perry; and countless other beloved family and friends.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Olive Hill United Methodist Church by Brother John Lambert and Brother Bob Burton. Burial will be in Olive Hill Memorial Park.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Oney-Henderson Funeral Home, 145 Gearhart St. in Olive Hill. A Masonic service by Olive Hill Masonic Lodge 629 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  

Mr. Perry will lie in state from noon until services Friday at the church.

Kelly Perry, Matthew Grills, Bill Perry, Dan Perry, Patrick Perry, Mike Luttrell and Ron Rubanowice will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bethany House Christian Service Center or the United Methodist Church, both in Olive Hill.

Condolences may be sent to globefc.com.

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