Roger C. Perry, age 90, died peacefully at Friendship Village of Dublin on June 4, 2018, seventeen months after his beloved wife Janet Elizabeth Butler Perry.
Roger, the 7th son of a 7th son, always felt lucky: born in Logan, Ohio, on the 7th day of the 7th month of 1927 to Elmer and Claudia Vinson Perry. He is survived by his seventh brother, Robert; six children, David, Patricia Viamonte, Claudia, Kathleen O’Connor, Michael, and Rebecca Perry Damsen; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was graduated from high school at age 15, attended Ohio State University until he was drafted into the Army, guarding trains with the 390th MP Battalion in postwar Europe, and running a profitable game of blackjack.
Returning from the Army, he was graduated from Ohio State University in 1949, the day before marrying Janet.
Driven by an indefatigable work ethic his entire life, he delivered newspapers in Zanesville as a boy, flipped burgers at White Castle during college, earned a Masters Degree from Ohio State, attended Harvard, and by turns worked as a Professor of Journalism, first at the University of North Dakota, then University of Minnesota; as an ad-man for Leo Burnett in Chicago; a business consultant for the U.S. Navy and the American Helicopter Pilots Association. In 1972, founding the real estate firm that still carries his name, Roger C. Perry & Co.
Roger also gave back to the community, in posts as diverse as the head of the Rickenbacker Port Authority during its transition from a military airport to an economic engine of growth for Columbus; as the head of Opera/Columbus, providing a steady hand in difficult times; as President of the Columbus Apartment Association; and on advisory boards for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio, Linworth United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Union. He was also an excellent Sunday School teacher.
He believed the world was an adventure to be explored. Roger loved the symphony, theater, ballet and, above all, opera; but also took his children to see rock bands like Ike & Tina Turner, and The Beatles (he was unimpressed). Traveling was a lifelong passion and he visited every continent except Antarctica, traveling by train, bus, ship, rickshaw and, once, in a tiny pea-shaped boat down the Shennong Stream of China.
In spite of his worldly and sophisticated pursuits, Roger’s lifelong favorite meal was always a fried bologna sandwich from the G&R Tavern in tiny Waldo, Ohio.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. at Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 N. High St., Columbus, 43214. An additional visitation hour will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Boulevard, Columbus, 43235.
By his request, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org, who, like Roger did, build homes and communities for everyone. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence. Please visit www.OhioCremation.org to leave the family an online condolence.