In Loving Memory
Isaac J. Perry
November 13, 2021
Isaac J. “Ike” Perry, formerly of Parish, NY, passed away on November 13, 2021 at home in Oswego, NY. Ike was born on October 16, 1932 in Moira, NY, the son of Isaac Henry and Cordella LaValley Perry. On July 29, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Edith “Edie” Sperling, and together they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July 2021 with their children. Edie survives him, as do his 6 children: Martin (Valarie), James (Karen), Elaine (Mark) Coffman, Melinda (Brad) Murray, Colleen (Barry) Keith and Isaac (Melissa); fourteen grandchildren: Shannon (Chad) Bigelow, Rebecca Perry, Nicole Perry (Ivan Torres), Michael (Rachel) Cacchione, Mark (Jennifer) Perry, Rachel (Casey) Cooke, Jessica Smith, Stephen Murray, Luke Murray, Jennifer Murray, Timothy Hogan, Bethany Perry, Noelle Perry, Daveed Perry; 7 great-grandchildren: Anna, Ainsley and Ian Bigelow, Matthew and Aidan Walsh, Penelope and Max Cooke; 1 brother, Richard (Heidi) Perry; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Eugene and Joseph, a sister Ramona, his in-laws Charles and Verda Sperling, and several members of his and Edie’s extended family.
After graduating from Altmar-Parish High School in 1950, he entered the Air Force and served stateside at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY during the Korean Conflict. After his period of service, he and Edie returned to Parish where they settled on Perry Drive, just off County Route 38, living there for more than 5 decades. After two years at New Process Gear, Ike changed employers and began a 38-year career with the Syracuse Newspapers, starting as an apprentice printer and ending his career as the Systems Manager. With tremendous grit and determination, and a high school education, he learned programming in its infancy and was the leader who computerized the Syracuse Newspapers, moving them from setting type to fully computerized operations in the 1970s. He had a career that his family marvels at and is tremendously proud of. Ike and Edie eventually downsized to Mexico, NY and more recently to Bishops Commons in Oswego, NY. Following their retirement, Ike and Edie could be found at any number of sporting events for their great-grandchildren or helping out at their church, helping a friend, leading an “osteo-exercise” class or just being helpful in some way for someone.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from St. Anne Mother of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Mexico, NY. Inurnment will follow in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, NY.
Expressions of sympathy can be made via the guestbook at www.harterfuneralhome.com. Memorial gifts can be made to either the Parish Ecumenical Food Pantry, 814 Rider Street, Parish, NY 13131 or the Mexico Food Pantry at 3352 Main Street, Mexico, NY 13114. Harter Family Funeral Homes, Mexico, NY are assisting the family.
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