Oliver 'Ollie' Perry -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- Oliver "Ollie" Perry, 88, formerly of Rochester, died Aug. 14, 2006, following an illness with liver cancer.

Born Sept. 30, 1917, in Rochester, he lived in Rochester until joining the Army. He served on the beaches of Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He returned to the U.S. in 1951 and worked for the U.S. Postal Service until retiring in the mid-1970s. He and his wife, Clara, moved to Sun City, Ariz., in 1977. He enjoyed swimming, golf, spending time with his family and dancing with his wife. He also enjoyed music, was a professional swing drummer since the 1930s, and played at various VFWs and country clubs in Rochester and Sun City. He was also involved with big bands, combos and a drum-and-bugle corps.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Clara; two daughters, Danielle Leifgren and Susan (Dick) Passe; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Apollina; and a brother, Dr. Harold (Lorraine). He was preceded in death by the mother of his daughters, Yvonne.

The funeral and graveside military services were Aug. 19 at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City.

Memorials are preferred to the Oliver Perry Cancer Patient Advocacy Program at the International Foundation of Anticancer Drug Discovery (IFADD) in care of IFADD Program Services, 27 W. Morten Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021-7246.

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