GALLIPOLIS — The guest speaker for the 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony in Gallipolis City Park will be David G. Perry.
Perry was born in Dayton and comes from a history of family members who served in the U.S. military. His father served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 receiving an honorable discharge. After graduating from high school in Franklin, Perry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1974 and served until 1979. He received his combat training and AIT at Fort Jackson, S.C., with his first permanent duty station at Fort Knox, Ky., where he served for one and a half years before he was assigned to Heidelberg, Germany, for the remainder of his enlistment. He became involved in the navigator ministry while serving at Fort Knox and Heidelberg.
After his military service, David graduated from Rio Grande College in 1982 with a BS in physical education and health and special education. He was a special education teacher in Vinton County Local School from 1982-1989 and then transferred to the Gallipolis City School District to start and design a new program called the severely behavior handicapped unit at Rio Grande Elementary School. During this time, he earned his master’s degree in administration from the University of Dayton. Later, Perry was asked to start and design a new program called the Clay Alternative School, 2000 to 2013.
From 2010 to 2012, he took on an additional responsibility by becoming the Gallia Academy Middle School Assistant Principal. Once again in 2012-2013, Perry was asked to start and design a new program in partnership with the Ohio Rehabilitation Service Commission and the Ohio Department of Education.
Perry retired on June 1, 2013, and shortly afterwards was hired by the Gallia-Vinton Education Service Center and served as a prevention coordinator from 2013 to 2015. During his career in education he also worked as a coach for football, girls basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer and girls gymnastics.
He is the founder and president of the SEARCH ministry on the University of Rio Grande campus. David is married to Sandy Haught Perry who is a pre-school teacher for handicapped children at Washington elementary. He and Mrs. Perry have two children: Joshua married to Stefanie (Scites) Perry and Kayla (Perry) Staph, married to Evan Staph. The Perry’s also have two grandchildren. He and Mrs. Perry currently reside in Rio Grande.
The 2017 Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday May 29, with the ceremony to follow at 11 a.m. at the Gallipolis City Park.