Clifford Earl Perry was born June 21, 1918, on the family farm in Fredonia Township, rural Plymouth County, the son of Frank and Clara (Kilker) Perry. Clifford attended country school at Fredonia #2 School and later graduated from Le Mars High School in 1936. Following high school, he attended Western Union College. Clifford served his country during World War II in the United States Army from March 23, 1942 until his honorable discharge on December 20, 1945. While in the Army, Clifford was stationed in Europe with a tank company. His tank company met Russian troupes at the Elbe River in Germany, one week before the before the war ended on May 8, 1945. Following his discharge from the service, Clifford returned to Iowa to continue farming on the family farm.
Clifford was united in marriage to Irene Oleson on June 6, 1948, at the First United Methodist Church in Le Mars. Clifford and Irene farmed near Le Mars until 1980 when they retired and moved to Le Mars.
Clifford and Irene enjoyed spending the winters in Florida and Arizona for several years. Irene died Dec. 6, 2000, after 52 years of marriage.
Clifford was a longtime member of Le Mars United Methodist Church (First United Methodist) and men's group, the Le Mars Kiwanis Club, and a lifetime member of the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars. Clifford also served as a director of the Southern Sioux County Rural Water System during the organization and construction from 1978 to 1981. He enjoyed antique cars and doing intarsia woodworking. He was very proud to say that he has traveled to all 50 states. He also enjoyed visiting with family and many friends.
Cliff's philosophy was simple, "live each day, forget your age."
Survivors include a sister, Marjorie Perry of Le Mars; five nephews and a niece: William and Myra Henley of Kissimmee, Fla., Dennis and Dottie Oleson of Akron, Kenneth Oleson of Pierson, William Oleson of Sioux City, and Dorine and John Bredwick of Chetak, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Katherine Oleson of Le Mars; and a very special friend, Gladys Coffin of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Clara (Kilker) Perry; his wife, Irene on Dec. 6, 2000; two brothers-in-law, Donald Oleson and Bert Henley and his wife Audrey.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars with the Rev. Jason Larson officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars will be in the Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Saturday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 4 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
Pallbearers will be Joe Schroeder, Donald Fulton, Roland Detloff, Mike Detloff, Denny Lundgren, and Terry Roder.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.