Perry Lee Emmons arrived as a Christmas gift to his parents, Clarence and Eva (Johnson) Emmons December 24, 1932 on a farm near Bloomfield, NE.
Perry grew up on the farm where he attended country school. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1955 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Marine Corp (USMC) and served through the Korean War--Semper Fidelis.
After being discharged from the USMC, Perry became a Nebraska State Trooper and met his future wife through friends George and Alta Swanson. Perry and Shirley were united in marriage on August 18,1958, at Tabor Lutheran Church in Wausa, NE.
In 1960, Union Insurance enticed Perry away from a career in law enforcement to a new career in insurance. Perry and Shirley and the family were transferred from Ashland, NE to Sioux Falls to develop and build up an agency force in South Dakota. Perry was recognized for his achievements in insurance by being named the "Fieldman of the Year" by the South Dakota Independent Insurance Agent Association in 1977.
Sports has always played an integral part of Perry's life. He began coaching girls and boys fastpitch softball teams and later became the pitching coach for the Augustana Women Softball Team for 19 years. During his tenure as coach the Vikings won one NCAA Division II National Championship and finished second in another season. Perry was inducted into the South Dakota Softball Hall of Fame in 1990. Throughout those years of coaching softball and attending sporting events, Perry established life long friendships with parents, players, and fellow fans.
Perry was a member of the St John Lutheran Church as well as the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner. Also, he frequently drove children to the Shriner's Children Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.
Perry loved playing any type of card game (e.g. pinochle, double pinochle, three-handed pinochle) with family and friends as well as watching sports on television, but he especially liked watching Nebraska Football, "Go Big Red" and the Boston Red Sox--World Series Champions 2018.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Shirley; two children Jeff (Mary) of Ayer, MA, Mori from Tempe, AZ; two grandchildren, Ben (Sami) of Indianapolis, IN, Katy who resides in Brooklyn, NY; and one great grandson, Wilder Lee.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Eva. Memorials may be directed to St John Lutheran Church, Sanford Ava's House, or Make-A-Wish, South Dakota.
Funeral services for Perry will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at St. Johns American Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be at Heritage Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.