Deputy U.S. Marshal John Brookman Perry, 48, died
in the line-of-duty Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from gunshot wounds received while
serving an arrest warrant on a residence in St. Louis, Mo.
Deputy Perry was born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. As the son of a
bankruptcy court judge and grandson of a district court judge in Chicago, Deputy
Perry literally grew up in the federal courts and as a young child often
associated with the Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to protecting the judiciary.
His grandfather, who started as a coal miner and worked his way up to the
federal bench, was a great influence on Deputy Perry.
A 1980 graduate of Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Deputy Perry earned
a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1984 from Southern Illinois University –
Deputy Perry’s first employment in law enforcement came in the Madison County
Probation Office in Edwardsville, Ill., where he worked 16 years in various
positions within the office, including pre-trial supervision and high-risk
supervision. His brother, Bart Perry, has been a supervisory probation officer
with the state of Illinois in Jolliet for 25 years.
Deputy Perry had been assigned to the U.S. Marshals Eastern District of Missouri
in St. Louis since July, 2005, where he served as a team leader on the fugitive
task force and was the district’s firearms instructor. He had been with the U.S.
Marshals Service since graduating from the U.S. Marshals Academy in
2001. Immediately following graduation, Deputy Perry served in the District of
Columbia Superior Court where, in addition to his duties in the court, he was a
volunteer to the call center for the television series America’s Most
Wanted. Deputy Perry was posthumously promoted to Protective Intelligence
Investigator by the U.S. Marshals Service.
A memorial service and celebration of Deputy Perry’s life will be held Sunday,
March 13, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Powell Symphony Hall located
at 718 North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis. The family suggests memorial
contributions be made to The John Perry Children's Benefit Fund, PO Box 323,
Maryville, IL 62062.
Deputy Perry is survived by his mother Pamela Roberts of Rio Verde, Ariz;
brother Bartley Perry of Joliet, Ill.; sister Meredith Neill of Phoenix, Ariz.;
Kathy Perry, mother of daughter Laura Perry; Kimberly McQuay, mother of son Sam
Perry and daughter Brooke McQuay; and fiancé Pam Robtoy.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in the Line of
America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency