A blind date in Greeley, CO in 1953 led to a union that has prospered for 58 years.
Jim Perry entered this world on Aug. 11, 1930, on a day that still retains the record for the hottest day ever in Huntington, WV. (The temperature was 120 that day). He attended Marshall University for a degree in civil engineering. After serving for five years in the Marine Corps, he went to Colorado and ended up staying there to work.
A native of Boston, MA, Kay and her twin brother grew up with an older brother and two sisters. She attended nursing school at Elliott Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. She got a job at Weld County Hospital in Colorado.
After two weeks in Colorado, Kay and Jim met and the rest is history.
The couple raised four children, Jim, Linda, John and Phillip, and relocated many times for Jim's work in engineering. He worked for Martin K. Eby Construction in Wichita for 27 years and for HB Corporation in St. Louis for seven years. They relocated to Pittsburg, KS, when their son was going to Pittsburg State University.
After retiring 28 years ago, they spent 25 years traveling.
They also enjoy camping, fishing, and watching "Little House on the Prairie." Jim loves to hunt, fish, read and collect coins. Kay enjoys her computer, auctions, reading, gardening, going to casinos and Jell-o collecting (artwork and design). Their family has now grown to include 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Both are enthusiastic about their new home at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg, saying they couldn't ask for anything better.