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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.

John Perry in Uniform

John F Perry headed to Scout campI literally kicked over a box of photos in the closet this afternoon. Spilling out of it were these two photos of Wife Lila’s brother, John F. Perry. In the first photo, he’s heading off to Boy Scout camp.

Headed for Vietnam

John Perry 09-04-70Only a few years later, in 1970, still looking young, he was in his Navy uniform getting ready to ship out for Vietnam.

A family tradition of service

Going-away party for Wyatt Perry 07-14-2012This photo was taken almost exactly 42 years later at a going-away party for his son, Wyatt, who was headed to Marine boot camp.

  • Laurie Perry Everett – Army
  • Drew Perry – Marines
  • Wyatt Perry – Marines
  • John F. Perry – Navy
  • Rocky Everett (Laurie’s husband) – Army



8 comments to John Perry in Uniform

  • Deborah Cotner Norman

    How wonderful a treasure you found!!! I graduated from CHS in 1970 with John!!! He always had a smile on his face and was always ready to make you smile and laugh!!! How wonderful that his family has followed in his military footsteps! In the last picture I can see that John has not lost his smile!! God Bless You John Perry and God Bless Your Family! Thank You For Serving!!! 🙂

  • Marily Miller

    What a wonderful picture!!! I want to take this opportunity to thank each of them for serving. I have been fortunate enough to meet part of Lila’s lovely family (John, Laurie, and Rocky.) A family of which to be proud.

  • Marty Perry Riley

    John Perry set a wonderful example for his family. I’m proud of each and every one of them.

  • Mike Andert

    I have been looking for Gerald Love for some years now. Found an article you wrote about his mother and that had his picture. Enjoyed seeing him, now I need to get him to respond to me. If you know him well, tell him am looking to reconnect. I am a fellow missileman and we were at ROTC together and drove to Vandenberg AFB back in 74 to start our missile duty. Anyway, although your articles are just a little bit ahead of my time (70-74) at SEMO, I enjoy them.

  • Ken,

    Did John Perry live in the area of North Sprigg St when he was growing up? I went to school with John and remember the bus picking him up.

    His best friend at that time was Patrick Maxwell. We went to Washington grade school.

  • Lila


    John is my brother, and I think you may have him confused with another John Perry. There are several of them in the Cape area. We lived close to the intersection of William St and Sprigg St on the south end. John went to Lorimer Elementary School on Independence St.

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