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Donnie Lee Perrigo, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 20, surrounded by his family.
Donnie was born April 13, 1938, in Shelby County, Missouri, the son of Donald and Eva Lee (Craigmyle) Perrigo. He was united in marriage with his loving wife, Phyllis (Goodwin) Perrigo, on January 27, 1968. Donnie was a devoted family man who loved his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and was always there for all who needed him.
Through the course of his life, he pursued many jobs, including as a mechanic, mobile home installer, parts manager and farmer. He and Phyllis spent many hours traveling to bluegrass festivals, races and car shows, including a memorable recent trip to Louisville, Ky., with his son, Doug and wife, Debbie. His hobbies included watching and coaching girls’ softball (especially when his daughter, Stephanie, was playing), and he loved music (especially when his daughter, Jennifer, was involved). Cars were his passion, and he restored many cars and had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of classic cars. In the early 1970s, he raced a super-modified sprint car on tracks in Iowa.
Donnie is survived by his sister, Janice (Leon) Shores of Parkville, and brother Eddy (Julia) Perrigo of Leonard; his wife, Phyllis, of Shelbyville; children Doug (Debbie) Perrigo of Novelty, Jennifer (Bill) Simms of Kansas City and Stephanie (Brian) Fifer of Shelbina; grandchildren Brad (Teresa) Dixson, Dani (Centron) Felder, Samantha Perrigo, Tyler Perrigo, Drew Simms, Maddie Fifer and Jordan Simms; great-grandchildren Jace Felder, Stella Dixson, Miller Dixson and Emitt Perrigo; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Steve Perrigo.
Visitation was held Monday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina. Funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 23 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery northwest of Bethel.
Memorials in honor of Donnie can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Neighbors Helping Neighbors of the Shelby County Area.