ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- Earl James Perry, 74, formerly of McCook, died Saturday (June 11, 2005), at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
He was born April 7, 1931 in Northwood, Iowa, the son of Elmer and Crissy Jean (Brown) Perry. He attended elementary school in Northwood. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1947 and was honorably discharged in 1954. He worked for Water and Soil Conservation as a surveyor for 33 years in the Iowa and Nebraska area.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, where he was secretary for several years, Elks Club and V.F.W.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and brothers, Dale and Donald Perry.
He is survived by his children, Cynthia Crowe of Ogallala and Rodney Perry; grandchildren, Rebecca and Scott Crowe; sisters, Lorraine Berg of Albert Lea, Minn., Ilene Shinn of Northwood, Iowa, and Ruth Perry of Albert Lea; brothers, Gerald Perry of St. Paul, Minn. and Lawrence, and wife, Yvonne Perry of Kellogg, Minn.; aunt, Oma Dahle of New Hope, Minn.; special friend, Jan Dero of Albert Lea; along with many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, at the First United Methodist Church 1000 First Ave. North, Northwood, Iowa, with the Rev. Wendi Gillian officiating. Interment will be at the Sunset Rest Cemetery, Northwood, with full military honors conducted my members of the Our Buddies V.F.W. Post 6779.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.
Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA, 22311.
Conner Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.