Lee Perry, 87

Lee J. “Joe” Perry, 87, of Columbia City, died at 11:03 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Canterbury Nursing & Rehab, Fort Wayne where he had been a resident for the past year.He was born Jan. 22, 1924 in McKinley Township, Taylor County, Wisconsin a son of Lee J. and Mayme B. (Smith) Perry Sr. In 1934 his family moved to Union Township, Whitley County. He completed his education at Coesse High School.On Oct. 26, 1943 he was inducted in the United States Army Railroad Battalion, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Feb. 14, 1946. A farmer, he worked at Dana Corporation for a total of 20 years.His memberships included Hope Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 98, V.F.W. Post 346 in Churubusco and Disabled American Veterans.Surviving relatives include a daughter, Ellen Fritz of Columbia City; two grandchildren, Regan Banks of Columbia City and Jason Sweeney of Monroeville; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Marjorie Anderson of Columbia City, Arlene Gaff of Columbia City and Janice Evers of Fort Wayne.He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; two daughters, Marilyn K. Egolf and Linda Perry; an infant son, Dennis James Perry; and a sister, Eleanor Corbin.The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.The burial will be in Union Township Cemetery with military honors presented.Preferred memorials are to Humane Society of Whitley County.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.