The Rev. Jesse S. Perry, who established a Pentecostal church in Newhall, has died at his residence in Holmen, Wis. He was 84.
Perry died Sunday of cancer, said his son, Luther (Luke) Perry.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Perry came to California in 1953. He worked as a tool and die maker for Stainless Steel Products in Burbank while serving as an assistant pastor at the United Pentecostal Church of Van Nuys and the United Pentecostal Church of San Fernando. Perry, who built and established the United Pentecostal Church of Newhall in 1963, served as its minister until his retirement in 1985, at which time he moved to Wisconsin. While in Newhall, Perry was active with the Los Angeles County Senior Nutrition Program.
He is survived by his wife of five years, Loretta Perry; sons Paul Perry of Sylmar, Samuel Perry of Newhall, David Perry of Canoga Park, Jesse Perry of Madison Heights, Mich., John Perry of River Falls, Wis., and Luther (Luke) Perry of Las Vegas; daughters Martha Mitchell of Canoga Park, Doris Rogers of Granada Hills, Esther Eastman of Onalaska, Wis., Mary Hayes of Madison, Wis., and Rebecca Godwin of Onalaska, Wis.; sister Alberta Pyles of San Antonio, Tex.; three stepsons; five stepdaughters; 50 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren, and 19 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Perry, who died in 1983, and a son, Daniel Perry, who died in 1987.
Visitation is planned from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Eternal Valley Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, which is handling the arrangements.
A funeral is scheduled at noon Monday at the Village Church, formerly the United Pentecostal Church of Newhall, 24802 Alderbrook Drive, Newhall. Burial will follow at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.