Wherever Michael Jerome Perry went, he made the world better for everyone.
He was a giving person and would help anyone, said his wife of 18 years, Precious Lomack-Perry.
"He was a man with a huge heart."
Michael Jerome Perry, 54, of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Hammond, died March 20 from complications after a liver transplant.
In spite of this, his wife urges others to not be afraid of a transplant.
"It was a blessing and it gave him a bit more time."
As a youth, Perry recycled bottles, mowed lawns and shoveled snow to earn money.
He was so trustworthy that an elderly couple, Joan and Ruben Anderson, had him care for their home when out of town, Lomack-Perry said.
At the urging of close relatives in Nebraska, Perry moved there.
He worked for Lancaster County for 32 years and his co-workers soon learned that he loved to cook.
Many times he arrived with breakfast for them, Lomack-Perry said with a chuckle.
Along with barbecuing, Perry loved to bake sweet potato pies.
"Often 30 at a time and then giving them away," his wife said.
Perry's love for seniors was matched by an affection for kids.
"He would often make minor repairs, move furniture, unload groceries, run errands or just make them a special dish or dessert," Lomack-Perry said.
He often asked children how much money they had in their pockets. And they always left with more.
He also bought ice cream and Popsicles for neighborhood kids in the summer, she added.
It is no surprise that it was standing room only at Perry's visitation.
Lomack-Perry nicely summarized her husband's life with one loving sentence: "He was quite the unique guy and made the world better wherever he was."