Brian Keith Perry
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Brian Keith Perry
  • October 23, 1967 - July 26, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Brian “Keith” Perry, 49, died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. He will be dearly missed by his wife of over 22 years, Stephanie, and his children, Brian Keith, Madelynn Claire, Morgan Elizabeth, and Addison Abigail. Keith was born in Columbia, Missouri on October 23, 1967. He was baptized in 1975 through the Harrisburg Baptist Church. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1985. He also attended a CDL training school in St. Clair, Missouri. Keith married Stephanie Jill Gilland on June 14, 1995, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He worked as a Senior Maintenance Worker for the Missouri Department of Transportation for over 10 years.



Keith and his family were members of Little Bonne Femme Church. When his children were younger, he volunteered for several years with Upward Youth Football. Keith was an avid reader and enjoyed a variety of subjects. He loved to engage friends (and even local talk radio hosts) with discussions of political strategy, current events and spirituality. For the sports fan, Keith was quick with answers, statistics, an analysis of this week’s Dallas Cowboy game, or a thoughtful commentary on the future of most any sport. To describe him as simply a Cowboys’ fan is an understatement. Keith loved to be outdoors, walking or hiking, and spending time with his family. He was a hardworking man and he would do anything it took to provide and care for his wife, children, and family. Over the last couple of years, Keith lost over 150 pounds and worked so very diligently to be more healthy and fit. He was training for a marathon that he planned to run near his 50th birthday this fall.



He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Pate “JP” Perry and a sister, Donna Kay Curry. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother, Hazel Perry, brothers Doug (Annie) Perry, and John (Tonya) Perry, sisters Laura (Robbie) Scott and Jessie Perry, his stepmother, Becky Perry, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews (that he adored!), many aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and dear friends. Keith’s big extended family and friends meant the world to him and he truly will be missed by all who knew him.



Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church, Columbia. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Little Bonne Femme Church.



In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Stephanie Perry in care of Central Bank of Boone County for the care of their children.