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Thomas V. Perry Jr.
A funeral Mass was held Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Turlock for Thomas Vieira Perry Jr., 57, of Ceres. He died April 4, 2010.

Burial was at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery under the direction of Allen Mortuary,

Born Sept. 24, 1952 in Ceres to Thomas and Mary Perry, Thomas helped the family by working on the family dairy in Denair after his father passed away at an early age. He attended Gratton School and graduated from Hughson High in 1969. When he was 18, Thomas enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam. While in the military he was trained in engine repair, which after his return home became his life work. He was employed at Guyett Motors in Turlock, Fireside Dodge in Modesto, Weil Motors in Lodi, Turlock Auto Plaza in Turlock and Acme Electric in Turlock. Mr. Perry was a five-star master technician and in 1987 received the top technician of the western United States from Chrysler/Daimler Corporation. Tom was president of the Ceres Cowboys, and coached both football and baseball in Ceres and Hughson for over 20 years. As a member of the Turlock Moose Lodge, he served as governor for the last two years. He helped raise much needed funds for elders and children. Tom was also a member of Turlock Moose Lodge, American Legion, VFW, NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Waterfowl Association.

He leaves behind his wife, Julie Perry; four sons, Tom Perry III, Brian Perry, Matthew Perry and Johnathen Perry; his sisters, Mary Jackson of Turlock, Cathy Perry of Alaska, Barbara Mahan of Georgia, and Betty Perry of Arizona; his brothers, Manuel Perry of Modesto, Antone Perry of Waterford and John Perry of Modesto; his mother, Mary Perry of Modesto; and his grandchildren, Elijah, Jaycee, Annalyse, Abigail and Paige Marie.

Remembrances may be sent to the Destiny & Isaac Toy Drive fund, c/o Turlock Moose Lodge, 4713 W. Main Street, Turlock CA 95382.

Friends are invited to share memories of Thomas at

-Ceres Courier April 14, 2010