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Lyle Perry Jr., age 94, passed away early Wednesday morning January 12, 2022 at his home in Cedar Springs, MI. He was born October 20, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI to Lyle and Mildred (Sharp) Perry. His little sister was Betty Jane Perry. Lyle graduated from Sand Lake High School in 1946. He was in the US Army, 25th Division (Tropic Lightning), 35th Infantry Regiment on occupied duty in Japan, 1946-1948. Lyle married Gwendolyn Claire Motyer on October 28, 1949. He earned a B.B.A. degree at Western Michigan University in 1953, and a M.B.A. and teaching degree in secondary education with a vocational education teaching certificate in 1965. He and his wife owned and operated Perry’s Super Market in Trufant. He taught at East Kentwood High School for 23 years. Lyle was a member of Pierson Methodist Church, then Trufant St. Thomas Lutheran Church and for the past 58 years a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Lyle was a member of Sparta Lodge #334, Free and Accepted Masons. He enjoyed travels with his wife Gwen, playing cards, playing piano, singing in church choirs, writing poems, writing letters to newspaper editors, reading books, talking with friends and family and he loved the ways of nature. He thoroughly enjoyed eating out at Kelly’s Restaurant and visiting friends. Lyle is survived by four of his five children, Lyle III (Ellen) Perry, Lizabeth (Dennis) Boe, Lenn Perry, Lonn (Ruth) Perry; grandchildren, Jessamine (Frank) Sicotte, Max Perry, Chace Perry, Johannes (Elizabeth) Boe, Nicholas (Desi) Boe, Suzy (Jared) Goulart, Aaron (Rachael) Perry, Joe Perry, Nathan Perry; great-grandchildren, Kalysta, Jaiden, Ailie, Ole, Thorren, Dodger, Bronte, Thatcher, Verity, Lilija, Annika, Braxton; great-great-grandchildren, Daejah, Novella, Jayse; favorite sister-in-law, Shirley (Motyer) Ehman; several close cousins, nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn; father and mother; sister, Betty Frandsen; brothers- in-law, Elwood Frandsen, Douglas Ehman, and Derwin Motyer; sister-in-law, Imogene (Grimes) Motyer; son, Lee Perry; niece, Thais (Ehman) Van Ginhoven; granddaughter, Emily and great-great-granddaughter, Deylani. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark O’Brien, DNP Maria Kurlenda, Elders’ Helpers, Spectrum Health VNA, Interim Healthcare Home Care & Private Duty, and brother Lenn for the excellent care and support of our father. The family will greet friends Friday, January 28 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Memorial service will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Michelle Vallier officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to C.S. United Methodist Church PO Box K, Cedar Springs, MI  49319 or the Alpha Family Center 6 N First St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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