John Wilson Perry, 67, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Red Oak, Texas.
John was born on December 27, 1950 in Dallas, Texas to James and Marie (Saylors) Perry. On June 19, 1975 John married the love of his life, Judy Burr. John and Judy have two children, Carla and Jason.
John was a jack of all trades and a master of many. He loved a challenge and working with his hands. He worked hard all of his life and seemed to love every second of it because even when he was off the clock he was working just as hard or harder on his free time; whether it was remodeling a house, rebuilding a motor, or the countless evenings he spent in attics rushing to fix air conditioners all over Ellis County for anyone that called him in need 7 days a week. Anyone that knew John, knew that they could count on him and if no one else knew how to fix it more than likely John did. John worked for Red Oak ISD for many years until he retired for several years. Retirement wasn't really meant for John as he always had to be on the move, which he usually was. For the last two years John returned to the workforce full time working for his baby brother Leroy. Those last two years were extremely fulfilling to John as he loved reconnecting with Leroy and the time they spent together. He was very proud that Leroy not only entrusted him to keep his business up and running mechanically but as well as the maintenance of his home and overseeing the new construction and finish out of his new home.
John loved to appear to come across as scruffy and gruff, but in reality he had a heart of gold and never met a stranger. His had a soft spot for children and people in need. He was dressing up as Santa for children in his family long before he met Judy and had Carla and Jason. On one occasion while working for the school district he and his coworkers noticed that a little girl was unable to get a normal school lunch because she couldn't afford to have a lunch card and the school was only allowed to give her peanut butter sandwiches which she hated and it made her cry. John and his coworkers took turns alternating weeks purchasing the girl a lunch card so that she could eat what the rest of the kids were eating. John was an early riser and was often at work before anyone else and would often stop at local fast food restaurants where the homeless would hang around. It was not uncommon for John to strike up conversation and provide a meal to them.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marie and Sister, Pat Galindo
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Judy; Daughter, Carla Holsinger and her husband Jacob; Son, Jason Perry; 3 Grandsons, Wesley Jacob, Wyatt Jason, and Duncan John Holsinger; Brothers, Leroy Perry and wife Connie; Jim Perry and wife Barbara; Sisters, Mary Warren; Kathy Sinkyrik and husband Frank; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In celebrating John's life, the family will be holding a memorial visitation for family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.
1826 US-287 BUS
Waxahachie, TX 75165