Leonard W. “Toots” Perry

| May 29, 2018

Leonard W. “Toots” Perry, 81, a resident of Franklin, died peacefully on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, in UPMC-Northwest in Seneca, following a period of declining health.

He was born September 20, 1936, at his family’s dairy farm in Fertigs, a beloved son of the late Ora B. and Marion “June” Schwab Perry.

Mr. Perry proudly served his country from 1959 through 1964 as a peacetime member of the U.S. Army Reserves, earning the rank of Private.

Upon his honorable discharge from duty, he had worked for more than 43 years, before retiring in 1998, as a shop worker and crane operator at the former Joy Manufacturing Company in Franklin; where he had also proudly been a member of the IAM of the AFL-CIO Union for more than fifty years.

Mr. Perry actively volunteered his time for many years, a driver for our area’s Meals-on-Wheels and with The Disabled American Veterans, assisting many of our local service men and women with their appointments in Erie. He was always most proud of the fact that he had remained active for many years as a blood donor with the American Red Cross, where he had been recognized more recently, as an eight-gallon donor.

He had a lifelong passion for classic and antique automobiles and motorcycles, having a particular fondness for Model T’s and Hot Rods. He was actively involved for many years with The Steam & Gas Engine Society, was a charter member of the American Motorcyclist’s Association, and was a lifetime member of the Oil City Cycle Club. He also enjoyed area dirt track racing, attending farm shows, as well as horse and tractor pulling events. He enjoyed all forms of hunting and being in the outdoors, as his health permitted.

Most important always to Mr. Perry was family. He looked forward to following Franklin High School Boys Basketball, where he had attended games as often as he could, ever since the playing career of his son, Brian. He enjoyed sharing quality time, most especially, with his grandchildren. He was instrumental in introducing his grandson, Nathan, to the guitar at a very early age. Nathan’s success today in Nashville as a professional guitarist had always made him beam with pride.

He was a faithful member of The Barkeyville Church of God.

He was married September 17, 1960, in the First United Methodist Church in Franklin to the former Norma Crisman, who survives.

In addition to his beloved wife of 57 years, he is survived by his children and their families, Stacy Shimko and her son, Ryan of Oil City; Kirk Perry and his wife Merle and their children, Michael and Jennifer of North Chesterfield, VA; and Brian Perry of Franklin and his children, Erica, also of Franklin, and Nathan of Nashville, TN.

Also surviving are three brothers, Edwin Perry of Oil City, Darrell Perry and his wife Kay of La Plata, MD, and Jack Perry and his wife Amy of Gunnison, CO. Mr. Perry is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Christine Perry of Franklin, and close family friend, Elaine Mellon, of Oil City, in addition to many loving additional nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Rogers, and by a sister-in-law, Mona Perry.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public visitation.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in The Barkeyville Church of God, 5433 Pittsburgh Road, with a luncheon and time of reflection on Leonard’s lifetime immediately following in the church’s social hall.

Interment will be within the Perry Family Cemetery, at Fertigs.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed in his name to either The Barkeyville Church of God, 5433 Pittsburgh Road, Harrisville, PA 16038 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk Street, Franklin.

Please visit www.hartlefuneralhome.com for further information and to leave a note of condolence.


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