Jim Perry, 85, of Fort Atkinson, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his home. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, Oct. 22), at St. Luke's Catholic Church in St. Lucas, with Rev. Marvin Salz. Organist is Kathy Meyer. St. Luke's Choir sang "Peace is Flowing Like a River," "Taste and See." "Amazing Grace" and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory." Lectors are Cyndi Lahn and Barbara Eckley. Mass servers are Dennis and Duane Boyer. Offertory gift bearers are Edith and Barbara Eckley. Eucharistic ministers are Becky and Bernie Fettkether, Trudy Smith and Rita Kuehner. Casketbearers are Marv Kuehner, Tim Kuehner, Mike Kruse, Bernie Fettkether, Lee Alcock and Josh Victor Kruse. Military rites are at the gravesite by Aloysius Schmitt American Legion Post No. 691 St. Lucas. Interment is at St. Luke's Catholic Cemetery in St. Lucas.
Victor Louis "Jim" Perry, Jr. was born Sept. 3, 1928, the son of Victor and Teresa (Mihm) Perry, Sr., in St. Lucas. Jim attended St. Luke's Catholic School in St. Lucas. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53. He returned and worked for the Blong Market in St. Lucas, later owning and operating it for several years. He also grilled hamburgers for Mark Mihm at the White House, he also cook at Club Iowa in Charles City; the Alpa Tap; Raleigh Hills Golf Course; the Valhalla and Brick City in Clermont. Jim was an excellent cook and a storyteller. He was well known for the "Jimmy Burger." He loved to play cards, visit with family and friends and to especially share stories. He had a quick wit with all and loved the outdoors and fishing. Jim was a simple man with an incredible way to show his love to all and will be missed by many. Jim was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church and the Aloysius Schmitt American Legion Post No. 691.
Jim is survived by his sister, Edith Eckley, San Mateo, Calif.; one nephew, Mike (Patty) Kruse, Waterloo; five nieces: Sandra (Marv) Kuehner, Marshalltown; Sue (Lee) Alcock, Fort Myers, Fla.; Becky (Bernie) Fettkether, Fort Myers, Fla.; Cyndi (Bob) Lahn, Westminster, Colo.; Terri (Robin) Peterson Fort Myers, Fla.; and Barbara Eckley, San Mateo, Calif.; along with several great-nieces and -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews; special friend, Kay Dempsey, West Union.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Teresa (Mihm) Perry; two sisters, Leona (Ralph) Kruse and Erma (Edward) Blong; and one great-nephew, Michael Rowe.