Dwight Reed Perry

Private family graveside services for Dwight Reed Perry, 80, Lawrence will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery. Dwight passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at his home.

Dwight was born on February 16, 1940 in Pattonsburg, MO the son of William Cleo “W.C.” and Cuma (Reed) Perry.

Dwight had a long career as a developer and home builder in the Lawrence area. He is a past president of the Lawrence Home Builders Association and was a state director for the Kansas Building Industry Association. He enjoyed golf, woodworking, and then fishing in his later years. His construction shop was a gathering place for many friends to share coffee, stories, woodworking projects and an occasional beer. He will be remembered by his family for his wisdom, humor and quick wit.

He married Barbara Robbins on September 30, 1961. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughters, Mendy (Todd) Robson, Ada, OK, and Bobbie (Scott) Flory, Lawrence, KS; daughter-in-law, Kara Perry, Lawrence, KS; sister, Janet Sue (Bob) Meehan, Shawnee, KS; grandchildren, Annie Boeken, John Flory, Will Robson, Wyatt Robson, Dylan Perry, Emma Perry and Meghan Perry. He was preceded in death by a son, Dee Perry, on December 2, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peaslee Tech’s Carpentry Program or Habitat for Humanity and sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers at the LMH Oncology Center for their dedicated and kind support.


27 Condolences

  1. carol waisner on September 26, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    So sorry to hear about your family loss. He was a wonderful person and had so much to be proud of. My thoughts and prayers for your family

  2. Terry and Lynne Garrison on September 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Barbara, We are so happy to have had you and Dwight in our life. Me in particular, to have been lucky enough to share his humor and fantastic outlook on every day life will be a lasting memory. You certainly had a winner. I doubt that we will be there for the service, but our thoughts and best wishes will make the trip.

  3. Roberta on September 26, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Roberta

  4. Pat and Debra McCandless on September 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    May the love of family and friends sustain you in these difficult days.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Larry Hatfield on September 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Dwight was a great lifelong friend. He was so bright, industrious and hard working. I constantly find myself laughing at things he said or that we did. If the world was full of people like him there would not be any problems but it would be full of laughter. The Class of 58, and tons of others, will really miss him. What a great friend.

  6. Michelle (Lechtenberg) Mailand on September 26, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    What a wonderful video tribute. May your family find some comfort knowing Dwight is free from the pain he suffered and Dee was there to welcome him home.
    Peace and prayers for you all during this painful transition in your lives.

  7. Cynthia Smith on September 26, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Barb, so sorry to learn that you lost your husband. Thinking of you

  8. Bobby Jones on September 26, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Dear Barb, Bobbie and family. So sorry to hear of this loss of my friend. He always had a smile and a laugh for me. Truly one of the good guys at Lcc. I will miss him. No matter who the past years habe been for all of you, he handled it all with courage and dignity.
    Bobby Jones

  9. Dave & Judy Billings on September 27, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Sorry to hear if Dwight’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

  10. Tom Boyd on September 27, 2020 at 9:35 am

    With heartfelt sympathy on the loss of my friend. I will miss him.

  11. Sharon Eddy on September 27, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Perry Family- My heart goes out to all of you. I just have so many memories including a lot at the Lawrence Country Club and more. We had some fun times! Dwight was just always that super cool guy! Sending a TON of love to you and you all are in my heart. ????

  12. Arkie Vaughn on September 27, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Arkie Vaughn:

    Dwight will be missed by all who knew him! He was intelligent, thoughtful and kind.
    His quick wit and humor was second to none and always had a simile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you Barbara and all the family.

  13. Sheila and Bob Santee on September 27, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Our condolences to the family. Dwight made a big impact in the Lawrence real estate community and was loved and respected by everyone. Our thoughts are with you all.

  14. Joan and Halley Kampschroeder on September 27, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    So sorry, Barbara to hear of Dwight’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  15. Connie & Larry Manning on September 27, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    What a great life lived. So happy we were able to share so many trips, laughs and memories together. we already miss him. Love to Barbara & all the family.

  16. Bertie Campbell on September 27, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    What an honor to know you and Dwight for so many years and to have the pleasure of seeing that winning smile last week. The Ozark trip in 61 was memorable and that 58 Chevy convertible was a classic. The week in Palm Springs was a delight. Dwight was one if the best guys from high school through life. The beautiful bowl he created and you brought to my home in San Francisco is my favorite and admired by all.
    His peace is deserved.

  17. Martin Moore on September 28, 2020 at 8:07 am

    What an incredible friend…to my entire family!

  18. Mary Hatfield on September 28, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Barbara, where does one start when thinking about Dwight? Unique, perhaps would be my term for him: his laugh, his easy-going way, his woodworking talent, his humor, his high regard for friendship, his devotion to his family and especially you, even his tolerance for pain! You and Dwight have always been there for me and that is truly a crowning gem in my life. May God’s comforting arms of love and peace surround you and all your family. Huge hugs and love to all!

  19. Ruth Anne and Randy Sneegas on September 28, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Barbara, Bobbi, Annie and family- We are so very sorry for your loss. Dwight was certainly a well known and fun member of the Lawrence community. We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

  20. Brian and Joan Gourley on September 29, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. With love from the Gourley’s from Ada, OK

  21. Charles A Perry on September 29, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Dwight was a unique individual. I enjoyed working with him on our shared ancestry.

  22. Joe Flannery on October 1, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Dwight was a favorite to all who knew him. He set a great example of how to enjoy life and his many friends.

  23. Diane Douglas on October 1, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    My thoughts are with all of you now and in the months ahead. Dwight was a gem, with a great positive attitude and contagious laugh. Hugs to you all.

  24. Claudia and Dale Flory on October 2, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Barbara and family – Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as we recall all of the fun times we had together over the years. We know the past few years have been a struggle and we have thought about you all of the time. We will be in touch soon. Love – Claudia and Dale

  25. Jackie Hadl-Fromm on October 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Dear Barb and Family:

    Like I have said before, Dwight was my #1 and only. He was the most handsome and cool guy to ever come out of Lawrence. Dwight was a wonderful father and grandfather. You could just tell how much he enjoyed his family. Dee and I were classmates and Dee was one of my very best life long friends. Those two were so lucky to have each other. I like to think of them as together again now. I will always treasure the beautiful wooden bowls and trays they made for me through the years. I use them for all of our family holidays. They have become
    part of our family traditions and I will always keep it that way and then my kids will do the same. My family knows how much I loved both of your boys. We will always keep them in our hearts. Love to you all.

    Jackie Hadl-Fromm and Family

  26. Jill Boxall on October 7, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Dear Barbara and family,
    Rob and I were saddened to read that dear Dwight had passed away and we, therefore, send our condolences to you and your family. I will always remember the games of golf that Colin and I had with you and Dwight in Palm Springs………those were the days!!!
    Please rest assured that you are in our thoughts at this sad moment in time and I will contact you in the very near future. Take care and keep well.
    With love from Jill (Boxall) and Rob (Perry).

  27. Julie Powers Schoerke on October 27, 2020 at 10:40 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Bobbie and family, I always thought of your parents as being the “cool” ones growing up. Heaven must have more folks laughing, better music playing and competitive golf games being organized now. Hugs.

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