William Perry

Posted Online: Dec. 24, 2012, 12:26 am
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William D. Perry, 91, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his home in Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial is at National Cemetery, Rock Island, where the Moline American Legion, Post 246 will conduct military rites. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Rock Island.
He volunteered for the the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne. Willian served as a front line advance fighter specialist until he was wounded in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. After being injured, he was discharged with honor and dignity of the highest degree.
William was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Davenport, the son of William H. and Ada Whisnand Perry. He met his future wife Shirley Mae McMillan just after World War II and they were married Jan. 12, 1946, during a whirlwind romance with parties and dances. He later attended Augustana College and The Institute of Hypnology and Hypnotherapy, receiving a degree in Alternative Healing from the Martel Institute. He continued as a freelance writer and wrote a column in the Moline Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, called "Golden Oldies." William worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a time leave, payroll clerk and pay master. He was also the Chief Inspector of U.S. Weapons produced and waiting delivery. He was a publication editor and writer as well. Along with his wife, Shirley, he owned and operated the Paperback Trader in the Olde Towne District of Moline from 1981 to 2005.
William was president of the Quad City Writers Club for many years. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Church, Rock Island and former member of First United Presbyterian Church. William traveled with the Jack Manthy Band and was a self-taught musician, playing the stand-up bass and fiddle.
His creed was to live and exist in the purest, highest absolute right free of dishonesty and blemish. A kind of "El Cid," that is the most he sought. He looked upon this as the real meaning of life.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Rich Potter, Rock Island; son and daughter-in-law, William K. and Rita Perry, Marion,Ky.; grandchildren, Jennifer (fiance Rob Phillips) Klawon, Jim (Beccy) Klawon and Melissa (Josh) Compton; and two special family friends, Sandy and Stacy Carlson.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.


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