Perley E. Edmonds, 89, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY — Perley E. Edmonds, 89, Clayton, passed away Wednesday evening, May 23, 2018, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent, with Deacon Neil Fuller of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton, presiding. There will be no calling hours or funeral service.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Born Dec. 16, 1928, in Clayton, the son of Perley and Eleanor Potter Edmonds, he was valedictorian of the Clayton High School Class of 1946.

On July 3, 1946, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific Area for most of his active duty, which included participating in the occupation of China. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 27, 1948, from active duty, then immediately reenlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves.

On Dec. 18, 1950, he married Doris M. Negus, the love of his life, in the parsonage of the Clayton Methodist Church with Rev. Soloman Card officiating. Mrs. Edmonds died March 9, 2002.

Perley worked in the Clayton area for Frink’s SnoPlow, Kraft Foods, and Howard Smith Feed Store. He then began his career at Graphic Controls, retiring in 1991 as a printing press operator. He was an avid outdoorsman, preferring to be outside as much as possible. He was a bird lover, especially ducks and turkeys. People will remember him driving around with his pet turkey, Bean Head, in the front seat, listening to Vivaldi.

Perley is survived by his daughter and her husband, Dawn M. and James M. Paprocki, Clayton, his sister, Bette Brubaker, Clayton, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His son, Glen E. Edmonds, died August 21, 1975 and his two brothers, Glenn and Benjamin, also died before him.

In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in his name to either the American Heart Assoc., c/o Stacy Spaziani, 204 Iroquois Ave. W., Watertown, NY 13601 or the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, NY, NY 10014.

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