Gillies Funeral Chapel


Newell Burnell Perry

January 1, 1936  ~  February 17, 2015

Viewing: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday Feb 20 at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 S., Brigham City and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service

Funeral Services: Brigham City 11th Ward Church, 506 S. 200 E. Brigham City on Saturday Feb 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Interment: Brigham City Cemetery


BRIGHAM CITY - Newell Burnell Perry was born January 1, 1936 in Provo, Utah and departed this earthly existence on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at his home in Brigham City after a courageous battle with inclusion body myositis. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in numerous callings of leadership including High Council, Seventy (ward missionary), and two different Bishoprics. He also served for over seven years at the Ogden Temple as an ordinance worker. He loved working with The Boy Scouts of America where he served in various positions for 63 years. He helped run a Scout Troop at the Intermountain Indian School over 50 years ago. He was a Wood Badge graduate and received the Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver award. He always encouraged any of the scout aged boys he was around to earn their Arrow of Light and Eagle Scout awards including his sons and grandsons. At church he was known by the younger children as the candy man. He always had candy treats for the kids at church in his pocket. He worked for ATK/Thiokol for 32 years and prior to that he worked for Geneva Steel and Ironton in Utah County for 5 years. He ran a local part time vacuum and sewing machine repair business out of his home for nearly 46 years in Brigham City and had loyal customers throughout the state. One job he loved as a young man was working at the Spudnut Company of Provo. That job lead him to reconnect with his future wife after they had briefly met in Bicknell while he was on a scout trip in the area. He married his eternal companion Claudia Jean Mangum in the Manti Temple on July 22, 1955. They have been married for nearly 60 years. They are the parents of 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren with one more expected in June. He is survived by his wife Claudia, his children, Valerie Odenthal (Steve) of Brigham City; Nanette Wharton of Logan; Lee Perry (Kathy) of Perry and Everett Perry (Cindy) of Sandy, his 15 grandchildren and nearly 13 great grandchildren, one sister, Drucilla (David) Eckersley; one brother, Steve (Judy) Perry. He is preceded in death by his son Bradley Newell Perry, parents Burnell and Alene Perry, in-laws Clifford and Elizabeth Mangum, a sister Norma Nell Harris, and a brother Rex Perry. The family wishes to thank Encompass hospice and nurses Kami and Lori for the wonderful care given during his illness. Funeral Services will be held at the Brigham City 11th Ward Church, 506 S. 200 E. Brigham City on Saturday Feb 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing from 9:30 to10:30 a.m. prior to the service and from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday Feb 20 at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 S. in Brigham City. Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.


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We are so very sorry for your loss. In all this time, we didn't realize who your dad was. We've known him & Claudia for many yrs we lived around the corner. What a great, great man he was. Always so kind and friendly. I'll never forget, I was manager at the cable office, he was so angry because he had trouble with his cable and had had repeated techs out but it never got fixed. He came in and demanded the manager, myself and Jack Fulmer went over and got it fixed. He Thanked us by putting an awesome letter to the editor in the newspaper. He was truly one of a kind, he will be missed by many.

Lorraine Nelson


Dear Perry Family,
I am sorry for the empty feeling you suffer with your earthly loss. Newell truly touched the lives of many during his stay here on earth. His love and kindness will not be forgotten. May God bless you with comfort durning this time.
I love you,



Many condolences to you. Mr. Perry was always a hard worker. The measure of a man is how he takes care of his wife and family. May God bless you at this time.

Martha Spackman Serenita


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Newell will be sorely missed by our family.The boys will really miss him he always had candy on Sundays which kind of became a tradition. I know the scouts especially will feel a loss for all his involvement and service over the years , he really was a great example and always encouraged the boys to do their best.Our boys will always treasure the pocket knives he gave them.

Blake Freed


Please accept our condolences in the passing of Newell. We will NEVER forget the many special experiences we had with the two of you at the temple.

Don & Annette


Dear Claudia and Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of Newell. Our hearts go out to you. We received many blessings through our acquaintance with both of you, and what a wonderful experience and blessing it was to serve with you in the temple for several years. It is a blessing we will treasure forever. We pray for peace and comfort to be with all of you in the coming days and weeks as you grieve the loss of this incredible man. We love you very much.

Vern and Helen Hamblin


So sorry to hear of your father's passing. My heart and prayers go out to you. It has been since the Mama Julienne's pizza days that I seen you last, but have thought of you over the years. My best to you and your family,

Christie and Joel Roberts









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