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“Perry Family receive our deepest sympathy May the Lord touch your hearts with strength and healing. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Maria Leonard - South Bend, IN

“I just heard of Art's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Dehner - Long Beach, IN

“I took care of Art for years. . It was a very smart man and gave very good advice throughout the years. He will be missed. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Heather B. - Mishawaka, IN

“The Perry family's personality was captured perfectly in this obituary. Easily, the best I've ever read. We were lucky to have moved in and shared...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Matt Scheer - Greenwood, IN

“Sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Kalamaros Family

“My deepest condolences to Theresa & family for your loss and I apologize fornot keeping tabs with Art's illness.I knew he had a lot of hobbies and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Rob Hipskind - Lakeville, IN

“God Bless and keep you, Art Perry. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Bonnie Pluta - South Bend, IN

“Auntie Theresa, Sheryl, Michelle, Chris, Kim, Daryn, and Trisha, I'm so sorry for the loss of Uncle Art. I will always remember how much he helped me...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Sue Gadacz - Milwaukee, WI

“Chris, Patricia and Bridget our thoughts and prayers are with you!The Judays ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“A beautiful tribute! My thoughts are with you, Chris, and your entire family. I will be praying for you. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Marge Kulba - Granger, IN

“So sorry I can't make it to the services, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Kris Dean

“Art was the most extraordinary man I had the pleasure of knowing. My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Perry family. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Patrick Haynes - Dallas, TX

“Goodbye Art! I always loved talking with you and, back in the day, seeing you at the library. You raised some fine children. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Trojanowski - Chapel Hill, NC

“Patriarch, community leader, coach, friend Art Perry was many things to many people. His regard for the truth, justice and the pursuit of excellence...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Jamie Gregor - Palm Harbor, FL

“With heartfelt sympathy and understanding thoughts in this time of sadness. May his memories be your comfort, now and forever. Sincerely, Tim and...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Lukasik - Lowell, IN

“Dearest Auntie Theresa, Sheryl, Michelle, Kim, Trisha, Chris, Daryn, and family, I wish you all peace in this time of loss. Our Dad will take great...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Allison - Walkerton, IN

“So sorry to hear Uncle Art is gone. (Lil notified me.) He was a good man and will be missed by everyone. May he rest in peace. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Marlene Crumley - Yakima, WA

“Kim - So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea De Graff - South Bend, IN

“To the Perry Family; Just learned about the passing of Mr. Perry so sorry I was a book shelver at the LaSalle Branch Library. A very kind and...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: diane curneal - south bend,ind

“If it wasn't for Marilyn, I never would have known you, but I'm so glad that I did. You were a very good man. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Jon Dudeck - Pittsburgh, PA


Arthur J. Perry, 81, left this world peacefully and finally pain-free on May 22, 2015. Anyone who knew Art knew that he was a man of many incredible talents, not the least of which was his ability to defy the odds and survive even the most dire of diagnoses for the last 12 years.

Art Perry was an intelligent, charming, well-read, and well-respected man in the community. During his 50+ years of service as an attorney, he also held several positions with local organizations, including the St. Joseph County Public Library, the Knights of Columbus, Chet Waggoner Little League, the ICCL, and more. He was dedicated to making sure that life was better for those around him. This was never more true than during his 30+ years as a softball and baseball coach for both Chet Waggoner and Corpus Christi School. Much to the chagrin of many of his players' parents, he was the type of coach who believed in giving every kid a chance to play and learn the game, not just the ones who could help the team win. In fact, of all of the things he missed during his retirement, he missed coaching the most.

It was during his retirement that he poured all of his energy into coaching his two favorite teams, The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Chicago White Sox. Of course, he did this from the comfort of his home, but with no less enthusiasm than one would expect from the coach on the field. There's no telling how many more games and championships his teams would have won had they actually heard and listened to his advice.

His entire life, he was a coach, a mentor, a provider, and the voice of reason (oftentimes a devil's advocate) for his family. Surviving him is his loving and devoted wife of more than 55 years, Theresa M. Perry; his daughters, Sheryl L. Perry, Michelle P. Gregor (John), Kimberly S. Perry, and Trisha A. Perry; his sons, Christopher A. Perry (Patricia) and Daryn J. Perry; and his grandchildren, Nicholas DeBoer, Ryan DeBoer, Jamie Gregor, Jonell Gregor, Brady Ruffing, C.J. Ruffing, and Bridget Perry. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Perry and David Perry, and one son, Brian F. Perry.

He was a graduate of South Bend Catholic and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his love of sports, especially baseball, Art had a passionate affinity for Old Time Radio programs, country music, the Sunday comics, the Stock Market, classic television, American history, and almost every kind of food known to man. It can easily be said that Art Perry was a "foodie" before being a "foodie" was even a thing.

To know him was to love him, as his often ornery and cantankerous nature was a truly acquired taste. He was proud to be the dictionary definition of a curmudgeon. His life experiences and his vast knowledge made him a learned and respected counselor, even if you didn't want to hear what he had to say, as he was always known to speak his mind and never sugarcoat anything. He spent his final years teaching valuable lessons to those around him about the comfort qualities of different pillows, the enhancing flavor of store-bought ice, the joys of a well-made Reuben casserole, the entertainment value of the DVR, and the importance of supporting your local public library. His presence will be sorely missed, but his legacy will not be forgotten.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of the SJRMC Visiting Nurses and Fresenius Nephrology, Inc., as well as the dedicated service of Prompt Ambulance. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 26th from 4-8 P.M. at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN. Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 27th at Corpus Christi Church in South Bend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Corpus Christi Parish.