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Roger K. Perry

November 26, 2016

St. Marys–Roger K. Perry, 84, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Oakley Place in Rossville.

He was born September 8, 1932 at St. Clere, the son of Joseph and Ethel Littwin Perry.  Roger was raised in the St. Clere and St. Marys communities.  He graduated from St. Marys High School in 1950.  Mr. Perry served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Roger lived in California for nine years moving back to St. Marys in 1959.  He worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years, serving as Postmaster for 31 years before his retirement.  Roger was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  He was a member of Aubert-Walls FVW Post NO. 7796 in St. Marys and Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31, of the American Legion, in Rossville.  Roger was a prominent and active member of NAPUS where he served in both state and national positions. Roger served several terms on the city council and also served as mayor of St. Marys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Louis, an infant son, David, son, Jeffrey Perry, daughter, Tricia Garver and son-in-law, Roy Darting.

On March 5, 1952 he was united in marriage to Mary Beth Muckenthaler in St. Marys.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Keith Perry and Andy (Donna) Perry all of St. Marys; two daughters, Nancy Darting and Janet (Vern) Sumner all of Rossville; a brother, Don Perry, CA; two sisters, Ada (Bob) Heemstra and Sharon (Chris) Couchois all in CA; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Roger Garver.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mr. Perry will lie in state from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the church where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made to Oakley Place and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536

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29 thoughts on “Roger K. Perry

  1. A Christmas Story:
    One year when I was a little kid the main gift we were getting for Christmas was a train set. Mom had ordered it and it didn’t arrive before Christmas.
    Early Christmas morning Postmaster Roger Perry showed up at our front door with the train set that had been delivered to the post office during the night.
    It was many years later that I heard this story about how Roger Perry saved our Christmas.
    Thank you Roger for being Santa Claus that year!!
    May you rest in peace!

  2. Roger Perry was a class act. He always had a vast knowledge of the Postal Service and NAPUS–our extended family. He certainly will be missed but our lives are richer for having had the opportunity to know him.
    Our prayers to the “Perry Family”

  3. Beth & all the family,
    My deepest sympathy to all. You & Roger were friends thru NAPUS. Always enjoyed seeing you two. Roger was special and will be missed.
    May God keep you all in His care.
    Judy Ann Barnard
    Postmaster Retired
    Tulare, SD

  4. Dear Mary Beth and family,
    One of the first people we met when we came to St. Marys was a very nice and happy man who greeted us at the U S Post Office. He will be missed by all who knew him. Masses and prayers will be said for him and the family.
    Mr. & Mrs. Bill Shibler & Family

  5. Our friendship with Roger was through the Postal Service and the National Association of Postmasters. He was a credit to his family, St. Marys and the state of Kansas as he served in leadership positions on a national stage. We will always remember his intelligence, his grace and his sincerity. He will be greatly missed.

  6. My condolences to the family of Roger Perry. I have fond memories of going to the post office as a kid. He was always so nice to me, asked how I was and about my stamp collection. He will be missed for sure!

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. My dad has shared with me the fond memories of growing up with Roger in the wonderful age of the 40’s and 50’s. I have the pleasure to know his boys who were always so kind and good to me growing up in the wonderful town of St. Marys. God Bless.

    David Yocum

  8. Mary Beth and family:
    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, dad and grandfather. Roger always had a great smile and kind words.
    Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Beverly Fox-Williams

  9. We were so sorry to read of Roger’s passing. He was always such a pleasant man to deal with, and I had great respect for him. We know all of the family will miss him so very much. God bless you all.

  10. To the Perry family,
    Roger was such a big part of ours lives, as his family has been. Our deepest condolences to the Perry family.

  11. Diane & I are very sorry to read that Roger passed. We loved getting to know both of you Mary Beth, your children, and teaching some of your grandchildren. I especially enjoyed visiting with Roger at morning coffee. Our thoughts are with you and the family during this difficult time. May we as a community provide support and comfort. May God spread over the family a shelter of peace and may Roger’s memory be for a blessing.

  12. It is so difficult to say goodbye to Roger. He was the best brother a sister could ever hope to have.
    We were all so blessed to have him in our family and everyone was crazy about him. Rest in peace dear brother. I will always miss you.
    Ada

  13. Mary Beth and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May God hold you and comfort you at this time. I have fond memories of growing up with Roger in the north end of St. Marys. We always called him “KP” and had some wonderful times in the late 40s and early 50s . He will be missed very much. God Bless You.

  14. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Perry family. I have always had great respect for Roger, I will always remember him as a willing teacher, mentor and friend to his fellow Postmasters. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

  15. I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  16. My thoughts are with you all. Roger was a wonderful man. I appreciated him sharing his knowledge and experience with me. He was so kind to Clayton and Marie and the family. Bless you all at this time.
    Nancy Perry

  17. The Perry Family
    When I think of Roger I always think of the uncle who “always” made me eat my vegetables…. and the absolute smartest man I know…. so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    love, vicki

  18. May the family & friends of Roger know that he is in the comfort of the Lord’s arms in the kingdom above. Our sympathy to the family.

  19. Mary Beth and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. May God bless you and your family.

  20. Mary Beth –
    Please accept my condolences. I’ll always remember what a great job you and Roger did in organizing the St. Marys reunions. God bless you and your children.

  21. Sorry to hear of Roger death. My prayers are with you nancy and family. this has not been a happy year for all. take care.
    Dorothy Rafferty and family.

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