Feb. 16, 1920 - Nov. 3, 2019
John Perger, oldest living resident in Harmony, passed away at his home on Nov. 3, 2019, surrounded by his three daughters. He was 99. He was born Feb. 16, 1920, on the family farm in Harmony to Anna and Fred Perger. John was a dairy farmer and logger who, along with his brother Rudy, was known in the community for his logging accomplishments. He also worked as a carpenter, painter, and for many years he cleared brush to maintain power lines for the Price County Electric Company.
John was an avid hunter and excellent marksman. In 2009 he received recognition as the oldest resident in Harmony for shooting a 10-point buck on the first day of hunting season at the age of 89.
John was a gifted accordion player. He loved music and later in life he pursued his passion for polka dancing by becoming a member of the Happy Dancer Polka Club, along with his dancing partner Bea Schulpius.
John will be deeply missed by his loving companion of 47 years, Bernice Schulpius; his three daughters: Beverly (Jean Luc) Raufflet, Cathy (Kevin) Smith, and Cheryl (Rick) Merkes; four grandchildren: Valerie (Josh), Craig (Alison), Danielle (Chris), and Devin (Aaron); four great-grandchildren: Jake, Morgan, Will, and Shiloh; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Linden; his wife, Mae; three brothers: Jerry, Jimmy, and Rudy; and three sisters: Toni, Annie, and Blanche.
In honor of John's wishes, no funeral service will be held. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life is being planned for family, friends, community in the early summer of 2020.