Perry James Mudge, 89, of Virgil Road, Dryden, NY, went unexpectedly home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.


Perry was born January 19, 1920 in Solon, NY, a son of the late Ralph and Gladys Cook Mudge. Raised on the family farm in Cincinnatus, at the young age of 17, he was placed in the position of running the farm after his father's death. He did this with much success before moving to Dryden to run his own farm. He married Patricia Munson and they spent the next 63 years on the farm on Virgil Road. She passed away May 28, 2009. An Electrician by trade, he was employed with Pall Trinity, for over 30 years, prior to retirement.

He was a 4-H leader for more than 30 years, and at one time was a leader of 4 different clubs at the same time; County Rabbitt Club, County Dairy Club, Local Dryden Club and a 4-H Basketball Club (the only one of it's kind). He also was a member of the Dryden Footlighters, and played several roles in their productions. Perry was a member of the Dryden Baptist Church where he was also involved in the AWANA programs. He was a master gardener and enjoyed supplying his farm stand right up to his passing. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and reader and enjoyed golf and woodworking. He would most wish to be remembered for his love and desire to serve his Savior.


Survivors include his sons, Jim (Carolyn) Mudge, missionaries in the Solomon Islands and Dennis (Pat) Mudge of Florida; three daughters, Nikki (Eric) Akins of Florida, Lori Mudge also of Florida and Melissa (Mike) Sweeney of Cortland, twenty grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Dan Mudge of Cincinnatus. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill Mudge.


A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, August 28, 2009 at the Dryden Baptist Church, with Pastor Ronald Miller officiating. There are no calling hours. Memorial condolences may be sent to the Dryden Baptist Church, 138 Virgil Road, Dryden, NY 13053 or to the Cortland Christian Academy, 15 West Road, Cortland, NY 13045. Perkins Funeral Home is handling arrangements.