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Don A. Perry

Birth Date: December 25, 1937
Death Date: April 17, 2017

Don A. Perry,79, of Decatur passed away on Monday, April 17, 2017 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Don was born on December 25, 1937 in Lawrenceville, IL the son of Daniel and Hazel (Haskell) Perry. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army. He was an inventor of the Sensor Pad, Perry Suspenders, Proprio Balance System, and many other crazy ideas. He married Andree Teboul on May 26, 1962 in Paris, France. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2014.
Surviving are his son, Joe Perry (Elaine) of Mt. Zion; daughter, Christine Kramer (Michael) of St. Louis, MO; brothers, Clifford Perry (Betty) of Montesano, WA; Gary Perry (Lisa) of Manhatten, MT; sisters, Beverly Baum (Floyd) of Medina, OH; Brenda Marriott (Howard) of Mt. Carmel, IL; grandchildren, Hannah, Sophie, Zoe, Tessa, and Elizabeth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers Chester, Tony, Robert, and Sherrell, and sister Patsy.
Funeral service to celebrate Don’s life will be 11 AM Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, Visitation will be 9:30 – 11 AM Saturday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Don A. Perry Memorial Fund for Physical Rehabilitation in care of Earthmover Credit Union.
The family of Don A. Perry is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences and share memories with the family at

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Celebration Of Life Funeral Ceremony
April 22, 2017
11:00 am
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2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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April 22, 2017
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  1. My sincerest condolences to the Perry family. I had the great pleasure to spend time with Don and Andre as a child and teen. We especially loved to fish together, and I learned how to cast on his boat. I will never forget Don's jovial encouragement. He didn't even mind when I would cast into the trees! Always the jokester, he would pull me to the side to remind me that the fish were in the water, not the trees. 🙂 It was so kind of him and Andre to take an interest in us. We always had fun together. When I think of him, he is always laughing. May he rest in peace.

    Joanna Sinha

  2. I am so thankful that I was able to visit with Don and Andre on several occasions over the last five years while my daughter Mary was attending Millikin University. The best part of my daughter going to Millikin was being able to reconnect with my dear friend Christine and her family. My daughter Mary was also sad to hear about Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family as well as the friends that will greatly miss him. Don was a man of wisdom, tenacity, and charm. I enjoyed visiting with him 30 some years ago while attending Millikin with Christine as well as in recent years. Mr & Mrs. Don Perry will always have a special place in my heart.

    With fondness and great respect,

    Cindy Dodge and Family

  3. Sorry to read of Don's passing. He was a wonderful man. Got to know him through the noon Decatur Kiwanis Club. My sincere sympathy to all his family. You shall be in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings

  4. I remember being in Don and Andree's for a Supper for Six dinner through our church. Don was quite a character…cooking and inventing. He will be missed.
    Janet Myers, Decatur, IL

  5. Lots of good memories of Don. Whenever I see a person with a toothpick sticking out of his mouth, I will think of Don.

    My sincere condolences to Joe, Christine and the rest of the Perry family.

    May Don's soul rest in peace.

    Ken Ross

  6. So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. We have fond memories of your mom and dad (as well as you) from their time at First Congregational Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. If St. Peter isn't wearing suspenders, he will be shortly.
    Ron and Sherry Palmer

  7. Don and Andree were very special people to Ray and I, and meant the world to so many. They were our sons' table parents at Logos (First Congregational Church) and took interest in their lives. We spent many many fun days with them on Beyers Lake in Pana, IL and will never forget them. We send prayers, condolences, and heartfelt love to Joe, Elaine, Chris, and all family members. Godspeed Don – and back in the arms of Andree. Much love to the family,
    Michelle & Ray Preiksaitis

  8. Don Perry had to be one of my favorite people to sing for when I was with The Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Always loved visiting with he and Mrs. Perry in their home. Such wonderful people like these we rarely meet. God bless his memory. A great man

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Don very much and remember fondly the years he and your mom were at First Congregational.

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