Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

December 19, 2013

Mickey Perry: A Life Well-lived

Friends, dignitaries gather to honor long-time lawman, community leader

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CLAREMORE —

“Further, Mickey has serve on numerous boards and committees at both the State and local level, including but not limited to, the Blue Ribbon Committee, State Drug and Alcohol Policy Board, Region 2 Oklahoma Homeland Security Council, OSBI Commission, Tri-County CASA, Rogers County Youth Shelter and the Emergency Medical Services Board,” he said. “In 1968, Mickey married Kathy Lynn Rogge, and he loved spending time with her, with his family and with his grandsons.
“Unfortunately for me, he was a huge New York Yankees and New York Giants fan and enjoyed watching sports although I found out he was not a Dallas Cowboys fan,” Pastor Simpson joked. “In my office, there are several Dallas Cowboy memorabilia items and the first time he came to my office, he looked around and said he was going to come back with a warrant to clean up all this trash — that was the way he was, that was his sense of humor.”
“Most of all, Mickey loved the people of Claremore, and he frequently visited the residents of the area nursing homes and particularly at the Claremore Veterans Center,” he said.
Eulogizing Perry was Claremore Chief of Police Stan Brown.
“I was close enough to Mickey to know that he would want this service to be a celebration of his life, but he’d also want it to be brief,” Brown said. 
“I remember some years ago, he and I had attended a (funeral) service together and it was sad — there’s no such thing as a ‘fun’ funeral — but it was so sad, and it dragged on, so when we got back out to the car, Mickey said, as he so succinctly and so often did, don’t do that — two things: levity and brevity.”
“We want to celebrate his life — we’re going to cry, but more than that, we’re going to celebrate him, to honor him and his service to our citizens, but we’re not going to go on (long) out of respect for Mickey’s wishes,” he said. “I’m both honored and humbled to be speaking today. The family could have chosen other people — those who maybe knew him better or longer than I, but they chose me, and that’s an honor, and I today, I hope to speak from the heart.

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