Mr. Eugene “Gene” A. Perry, 82, of Galesburg, Illinois was reunited with the love of his life Shirley Perry at 8:24 p.m. Friday, July 17, 2020.
Gene was born March 14, 1938 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin to Arthur and Hazel (LeSure) Perry. He married Shirley Roach, October 18, 1973 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death July 22, 2005.
Surviving is a son, Donald (Lisa) Perry of Galesburg, a step son, Bryan (and Denise) Roach of Galesburg, a step daughter, Cindy Roach; granddaughter, Anna Perry of Galesburg and three step grandchildren.
Gene graduated from Baraboo High School in 1956, Northland College with his Bachelor Degree in 1960 and Indiana University with his PhD in 1967. He was a Biology Professor at Knox College for 35 years and was awarded the Phillip Green Wright Lombard Prize for Distinguished Teaching. He retired in 2002. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and O.A.K.S. both in Galesburg.
Gene had a very easy going personality and loved listening to a wide selection of music.
Visitation will be 1:30-2:30 pm Friday July 24, 2020 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 at the chapel, with Pastor Daniel Siems officiating. Due to social distancing limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, seating will be limited and face masks will be required. Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery, Henderson Illinois. Memorials can be made to Christian Children’s Fund, American Heart Association or Knox College. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com
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