Laurence ‘Lon’ Cornelius Perry

ESCANABA – Laurence “Lon” Cornelius Perry, 68, of 510 1st Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Oscar V. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1945, in New Bedford, Ma., and was the son of Donald and Merrie (King) Perry. Lon attended the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., and was a member of the graduating Class of 1963. He continued his education at the University of Michigan. On May 28, 1966, Lon enlisted in the United States Air Force and received an honorable discharge on March 27, 1970.

Following his discharge from the service, he began his employment career as a commercial and residential real estate broker in the Detroit area. For many years he worked for Hitchcock Realty in Hazel Park, Mich. He also was employed by Jack Christenson Realty, ReMax, Sears, and was a city manager for H&R Block for several years.

Lon was a past president of the Hazel Park Jaycees. In his spare time he enjoyed watching sports (especially football), sailing, reading, completing crossword puzzles in pen, bowling, playing card games, and flying kites. He was quite the witty comedian and loved playing practical jokes on people. Lon was a genius with numbers and could add up the groceries in his head and spit out the total before the cashier would ring the final amount.

Lon moved to the Escanaba area in 2009 to be near to his sister Carol.

He is survived by: children, Ginger Molnar of Lincoln Park, Mich., Monique (Rusty) Bryant of Romeo, Mich., Hope (Andrew) Harbour of Warren, Mich., and Jeff (Medina) Perry of Southgate, Mich.; ex-wife and mother of his children, Wanda Kolito of Imlay City, Mich.; grandchildren, Alexander, Glory, Grace, Jacob, Daniel, Timothy, Emma and Jessica; sister, Carol (Mark) Povich of Bark River; aunt, Alice Parker of Lewes, Del.; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Merrie.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Veteran’s Council services will take place at 11 a.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Laurence “Lon” Cornelius Perry will immediately follow the veterans service in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Brad Cochrane of the Bark River Bible Church officiating. Burial will take place in the South Ford River Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences in Lon’s honor may be directed to the Perry family at