|Donald Frank Perry, 82, of Abingdon, died at 11:45 pm Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.
He was born on December 31, 1927 at home in St. Augustine, the son of Clyde T. and Louise I. (Branson) Perry. He married Dona Lehnhausen. He then married Bev Ingram. He later married Barbara Bird on February 18, 1973 in Abingdon. She preceded him in death on August 18, 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother Eldon Perry and one sister Harriett Schultz, a step-grandson Kenneth Ostrander.
Don is survived by his children, Donald E. "Butch" (and Susan) Perry of Cameron, Mary (and Darrell) Hepner of Galesburg and Tammi (and Jeff) Grohmann of RR Abingdon; eight grandchildren, Tom Perry, Dawn Benson, Brandi Perry, Dane Perry, Lewis Stockdale, Jr. serving in the US Navy in Iraq, Derek Stockdale, Candace Hepner and McKay Grohmann; nine great-grandchildren, Riley Perry, Madison Benson, Brock Perry, Blakely Benson, Lydia Benson, Willow Perry, Sophia Mendoza, Courtney Stockdale and Jordin Stockdale; four step-grandchildren, William Ostrander, Jason Ostrander, Tracey Hepner and Elizabeth Batson; seven step-great-grandchildren, Tim Ostrander, Kirstian West, Alex Ostrander, Sophia Ostrander, River Perry, Charly Batson, Taven Ostrander; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Schultz of Abingdon.
Don grew up in St. Augustine and lived in the Abingdon and Berwick areas. He served in the US Navy and was stationed at the Great Lakes. He worked for 31 years at the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria before retiring. He was of the Methodist faith. He was active in rodeos, where he rode horses and bulls. He was a boxer in the Golden Gloves Boxing. He served on the Abingdon School Board. He enjoyed 4-H activities. He loved to go deer hunting, loved to dance and call square dances. He was loved and will be missed by all.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Mrs. Eleanor Landon will officiate. Burial will be in the Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Youth Athletic Club or to 4-H. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.