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Obituary: John L. Perry, Punta Gorda, Fla.

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John L. Perry passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Punta Gorda, Fla.

His life began in Brownstown, Ind., Nov. 2, 1933, born to Sara (nee Taggart) Perry and Fred Perry.

After graduating from Clifford High School, he served his nation as a soldier in the U.S. Army. His service ended in 1953 and the following year his professional career began in the emerging field of computer science. He worked as a programmer and systems analyst for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind., through his retirement in 2000.

John will be greatly missed by his wife, Carol; his sons, Greg (Debi) and Nick (Kate); and his two grandsons, who brightened his life enormously, Mason and Sam.

In lieu of flowers, the Perry family requests donations in his name to Bethany Christian Services, which assists families seeking to adopt, and children in need of loving families. Both of John’s grandsons came into his life through adoption, and there is no better way to honor John than to help others experience the joy that so illuminated his life. Donations can be made in his memory at

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