Perry Ray Looney, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away on December 15, 2017, at his home in Dixon, California. He was born in Gainesville, Missouri, to Harley and Genevieve Looney, on October 5, 1937. He lived in the Dixon area for forty-five years.
Perry grew up in Portola and Chester, California, but lived for some time in Bakersfield, California, where he graduated high school.
He was an electrician and worked the last few years as supervisor of the electrical department at the University of California, Davis, where he retired in 1998.
Perry shared his electrician’s skills and numerous other talents in his retirement by becoming a volunteer. Serving in many areas, his primary motivation was to take care of electrical needs for small churches who could not afford to hire an electrician. In 2005, he was asked to come to Hawaii by the University Avenue Baptist Church. They had been praying for an electrician for two years and Perry was the answer to those prayers. That began a 12 year period of service to the small churches of Oahu.
Although an electrician by heart and training, Perry was up for any other problems that needed attention. He rarely put off any job that needed to be done, digging trenches, replacing roofs, painting, installing fire alarm systems, and building decks on the student housing at Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention. If he ran into problems, he would sleep on the issue and wake up with the solution. He often said, “God, you are just so good to me!” Perry had many funny expressions, like when asked how he was, he might say, “If I was any better, I’d have to take something for it.” Or “I’m excellent, tanks!” He often said, “I am so blessed!” When someone thanked him he would reply, “My pleasure.”
Volunteer service took Perry to numerous small churches in Northern California; he helped build a church in Magalia and he and his wife ministered as volunteers at Youth Haven Ranch for Children in Southern Arizona, and inner-city Phoenix. He was part of a small group of retired men who built the Family Ministry Center and the new addition to his church, Trinity Baptist in Vacaville, California. He was often called upon to help out friends with their electrical needs, building fences or drip systems!
Perry was blessed with two wonderful wives. Following the death of Jeanette, the mother of his two children, Clyde and Becky, he married Barbara Grisham.
Perry is survived by Barbara, his wife of seventeen years, children Clyde (Marcia) Looney of Chico and Becky (Asa) Utterback of Woodland, brothers Jerry (Jean) of Clearlake, Leroy (Pat) of Ash Grove, Missouri, and Phillip (Caryn) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; stepsons, David, Dan, Darin and Dennis Grisham, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In spite of a long battle with cancer, he never complained and kept a positive attitude throughout. Truly, he was unique man.
A Celebration of Life will be held following lunch at Trinity Baptist Church Family Life Center, 401 W. Monte Vista in Vacaville, California, at noon on January 6, 2017.
Memorial donations may be made to Mission Dignity/Guidestone (www.guidestone.org.missiondignity) and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Organization