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Kenneth “Ken” Floyd Perry

Kenneth “Ken” Floyd Perry

Kenneth Floyd Perry


- May 7, 2019

Kenneth “Ken” Floyd Perry, 85, of Spearfish, passed away peacefully at home on May 4, 2019, with his loving family by his side.

Ken was one of the last babies to be born at the Homestake Hospital in Lead on July 5, 1933, to Theodore and Mary (Stucker) Perry.  He attended school in Lead, graduating in 1951.  Shortly after graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Peyton.  They were blessed with a daughter, Colleen.

Holding a variety of jobs at a young age, Ken developed a very strong work ethic.  He particularly enjoyed his employment at Ruby’s gas station in Deadwood.  He then went on to work for Homestake for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1992.  He was active in the Lead/Deadwood Junior and Little League Baseball and Softball organizations, serving as both a coach and an umpire.  Ken was also active in both the Deadwood and Spearfish United Methodist Churches, serving on various committees as needed.

He enjoyed traveling, camping, and framing jig saw puzzles he put together.  His greatest joy was spending time with his family, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in school and athletic activities.

Ken was a kind and loving man that will always be remembered by his family and friends.  He will be missed by all that knew him.

Although recent illness made it difficult, Ken almost always participated in the Lead Class of ‘51 monthly reunions and enjoyed reminiscing with his classmates and their spouses.

Ken was especially grateful for all of the doctors, nurses, and dialysis staff that were so kind to him over the years.  His daughter, Colleen, was also his faithful and loving caregiver, and they had a special bond.

Ken is survived by his wife, Marlene, and daughter, Colleen, both of Spearfish; son-in-law, Russ Harford, Chadron, NE; and grandchildren, Josh Harford (Mindy Sandoval and her daughter, Lennon), Frederick, CO, Kenette and Ryan Scharf, Spearfish, and Toby Harford, Lincoln, NE.  He is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, Skylar Harford, Larkyn Harford, Charlotte Harford, Will Scharf, Kate Scharf, and Jack Scharf; his sister-in-law, Mary (John) Nygaard, Spearfish; nieces, Connie (Vince) Braun, Rapid City, Crystal (Scott) Bartlowe, Apache Junction, AZ, and Kim (Asa) Stafford, Deadwood; and nephews, Kevin (Lisa) Peyton, Rapid City, and Ted Manley, Sun River, MT.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Debra Jean; brother, Jerry Perry; sister, Fran Watt; and brother-in-law, Richard Peyton.

A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Spearfish United Methodist Church with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead, SD.  

Memorials will be given to the Spearfish Regional Health Dialysis Unit.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.



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