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John G. Perryman

John G. Perryman of Merriam, KS, Master Photographer, passed from this life on February 1, 2017.

John was born on September 19, 1938, in Calico Rock, Arkansas to Kennard and Mabel (McClellan) Perryman. He grew up in Pratt, KS, graduating from Pratt High School in 1956. He attended Pratt Junior College and Wichita University before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a photographer for the Stars and Stripes in Germany. After his military service, he graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, with a Bachelor of Professional Arts. John worked for the RCA Missile Test Project and NASA at Cape Canaveral, FL. as a photographer with NASA’s Gemini Program. In 1969 John began a 30 year career with Hallmark Cards Inc., retiring in 1999 as a staff photographer. In 1975, John received the degree of Master of Photography from The Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPofA). John was an Honorary Life Member in the Kansas PPofA and the American Society of Photographers. He served as past President (1984) of the Greater Kansas City PPofA, and the National American Society of Photographers (1987-1988). John was a leader in the Hallmark Explorer Photography Post for 25 years. He received the Boy Scouts of America Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given by the Heart of America Council. John was a judge and participant in numerous local, state and national photographic competitions.

John is survived by his wife Betty Jane Willits, and three step-children, Andrea (Thomas) Barlow Pawlowski of Lansing, KS, Charles Barlow of Merriam, KS, and Shawn Barlow of Bonner Springs, KS, four grandchildren, Clifford Nelson of Costa Mesa, CA, Christopher Nelson of Overland Park, KS, Katie (Michael) Payne of Ozark, MO, and Cassandra Pawlowski of Lansing, KS.

John and Betty enjoyed traveling, visiting and photographing Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Falkland Islands, Alaska, Pompeii, the Greek Islands, Mexico, Central and South America.

There will be a gathering of friends at the Sylvester Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway St., Mission, KS, on February 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Private burial at Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his name be made to Garden Terrace (TLC 6), 7541 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66214.

Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Friday, Feb. 3rd 2017 | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “John G. Perryman”

  1. Dixie Laval Says:

    My sincerest sympathies to Betty and family. There are no words to adequately describe the void left in Johns passing. He was indeed, a very special person. I join the many many persons throughout the country who are saddened by his passing.
    Dixie Laval

  2. Ed Vaughn Says:

    I offer my condolence to John’s family and I am deeply saddened by this news. Dixie is correct as there are insufficient words to describe John’s passing just as there is no way to properly describe his contribution to photography in general and to the photographers he met in the four-state area around Kansas City. When trying to think of how to describe John for me, I would lead with the fact the he was always a gentleman and a class act. He was a man with a constant smile and a pleasant word. All of these things are already known to his family and I hope their memories of wonderful man will comfort them in their loss.
    Thank you John Perryman,
    Ed Vaughn

  3. norm Runyon Says:

    What a fine gentleman was John Perryman. I feel blessed to have known such an outstanding individual.

  4. Len & Kenna Bartz Says:

    John was a really great guy. I only really knew him professionally, but he was a class act and a consummate professional. Our deepest condolences to those he leaves behind.

  5. Robert Willits Says:

    The Pearly Gates turned into gold as John passed through. Bless John, Betty and the family.

  6. Bill/Diana Hattabaugh Says:

    Sincere condolences from Diana and I. I’ll miss emails, phone calls, and travels throughout Kansas with John. He was a great friend and will be sincerely missed.

    Bill Hattabaugh

  7. Judy A Kimmel Says:

    Sincere condolences to your families….. We had heard so much about Johnny through Fran, and are sorry not to have met him. What an inspiring life he led, documenting the world’s beauty and sharing ti outwardly. With love.

  8. Joni Sondy Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless John, Betty and the family.

  9. Jeanine Pierson-Noguera Says:

    Dear Betty and Family. Hugs to you! God bless you and keep you as you say ADIOS to your beloved John. We think of you often. We still have the sunset photo John took at Mom Bonnie’s window. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you soon!
    Abrazos de Jeanine Pierson-Noguera

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