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Roger C. Perry


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.

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  • Marlene Mahoney says:

    My sincere condolences to the Perry family on the passing of Roger C. Perry. I have known him for several years and was on the Board of the Columbus Apartment Association when he was President. Roger always made whatever he was involved in fun and interesting. One of my funny memories of Roger is that when a board member was late, Roger fined him a dollar for each minute late. He was such a great guy and will be sincerely missed.

  • Denise Ghidotti says:

    Perry Family, After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. Please remember your mom and dad are watching over you! xoxox

  • Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC says:

    God Bless and Thank YOU,Roger for your service in The United States Army,serving in Post-War Europe,as a MP in The 390th. Battalion.And Semper Fi…. Soldier.
    …….. 7-7 son..7/7

  • Dal & Jan Niesz says:

    Jan and Dale extend their condolence to Rebecca Damson. Roger was a great help to us in our real estate endeavors.

    Sincerely,
    Dale and Jan Niesz.

  • Linda Richer says:

    Hold onto each other, the happy memories and the many lessons learned. What an impressive life Roger lived.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Kathi Wilson says:

    Rebecca and family….My condolences on the passing of Roger. He always held a special place in my heart as Roger was the president when I started working for the Columbus Apartment Association. It was always a pleasure to be around him.

  • Walter Reiner says:

    Roger C. Perry impressed me when I first met him in the mid to late 1970s. I was a new realtor and he was very gracious and took a lot of time to talk to and find out about me. My wife, Lois also remembers Roger meeting him about apartments that he owned on the south side of Morse Road near Karl Road.

    I recall Roger saying that he had gone to Harvard. He appeared to do well in the real estate business. He certainly was a great family man and I was inspired by the remembrances of his grandchildren at the memorial service today. Lois and I finally have our first grandchild, Hank, two months old, and hope to live to see him grow up and get to know us. Roger was a fine honest gentleman.

    If there is anything that we can do to assist the family, please do not hesitate to ask.
    Walt and Lois Reiner

  • Scott Perry says:

    Roger, Betty, and all of their wonderful children are/ were my uncle, aunt, and cousins. Roger and Betty were always a pleasure to be around, despite Roger’s sometimes frank honesty (he never liked my handlebar moustache!) Their sons and daughters likewise. Now my dad Robert, who was the youngest, remains as the last of the 9 original siblings from Glenford Ohio. Uncle Roger always knew how to crack a joke. I will miss him, and Roger…. if you’re listening out there somewhere…. no more handlebar moustache! I have no doubt, your new abode will put all the real estate down here to shame. Thank you for being my uncle.

  • Scott Perry says:

    Roger, Janet, and all of their wonderful children are/ were my uncle, aunt, and cousins. Roger and Janet were always a pleasure to be around, despite Roger’s sometimes frank honesty (he never liked my handlebar moustache!) Their sons and daughters likewise. Now my dad Robert, who was the youngest, remains as the last of the 9 original siblings from Glenford Ohio. Uncle Roger always knew how to crack a joke. I will miss him, and Roger…. if you’re listening out there somewhere…. no more handlebar moustache! I have no doubt, your new abode will put all the real estate down here to shame. Thank you for being my uncle.

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