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Kenneth Perry, Jr.

July 12, 1942 January 26, 2019
Kenneth Perry, Jr.
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Obituary for Kenneth Perry, Jr.

Kenneth Leroy Perry, Jr., 76, of Cedar Rapids, died on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Funeral Services: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial: Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Ken is survived by his children, Shelle (Dennis) Youngblut of Mount Vernon, Yvette Perry of Monticello, MaDonna Perry of Cedar Rapids, Carrie (Mike) Suggett of San Diego, California, Sonja Perry of Mount Vernon, Chandis Perry of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Jared Youngblut, Heather Youngblut, Colton Krob, Austin Krob, Karlie Krob, Jake Suggett, Nicole Suggett, Taylor Suggett, Tyler Kirkpatrick, Josephina Perry, Corey Perry, Noble Kohl; great grandchildren, Brendan Youngblut, Blake Youngblut, and Brysen Youngblut.

He is also survived by his sister, Celestine “Sally” Johnson of Ft. Worth, Texas; brother, Byron Perry of Cedar Rapids; niece, Brenda (Mark) Calbow; nephews, Calvin (Chris) Johnson and Patrick Perry; and former wife, Shirley Snell

Ken was born July 12, 1942, the son of Pearl and Kenneth Perry, Sr. He graduated from Regis High School in 1961, then honorably served his country in the US Army from 1961-64. Ken married Shirley Williams in 1965. Ken was a true civil servant and politically active most of his life. Elected locally in 1972 to serve as the Linn County Clerk of District Court where he was distinguished to have served as the last elected and first appointed Linn County Clerk of Court. He was proud to have followed his father’s footsteps as the Clerk of Court.

Ken was later elected and served on the Linn County Board of Supervisors from 1989-92. After his public service he went on to sell real estate, was a driver for several retirement communities and worked part-time at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee. As a member of the Linn County Democratic Central Committee, Ken was passionate about politics. He enjoyed the excitement of campaigning and talking about the issues with everyone.

It was important for him to keep social contacts and stay busy. He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, VFW Post 788, Marion American Legion Post 298, and a lifetime member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers.

Ken will be remembered as a great dancer to the music of the 50’s and 60’s. He was still hitting area dance floors several times a week. Ken also enjoyed everything John Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephews, Michael Dean Johnson and Eric Martin Perry; and brother-in-law, Jerry Johnson.

Memorials may be directed to the Linn County Democratic Central Committee or Hospice House of Mercy.

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4:00 PM 2/1/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/1/2019 7:00:00 PM
Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services - Cedar Rapids

1844 1st Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services - Cedar Rapids
1844 1st Ave. NE Cedar Rapids 52402 IA
United States





10:30 AM 2/2/2019 10:30:00 AM
Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services - Cedar Rapids

1844 1st Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services - Cedar Rapids
1844 1st Ave. NE Cedar Rapids 52402 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Mt. Calvary Cemetery Final Resting Place

375 32nd St. Dr. SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

375 32nd St. Dr. SE Cedar Rapids 52403 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy

Mercy Foundation
701 10th Street SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Linn County Democratic Central Committee

PO Box 574
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406

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