• Milling spars for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry
  • Oliver Hazard Perry, Issue of 1894
  • Oliver Perry Monument in Newport, RI
  • Guertin's group, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island

Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie


Various school districts throughout the country are named in Perry's honor. There is a middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, the state in which Perry was born, entitled Oliver Hazard Perry Middle School; it is sometimes shortened and called Perry Middle School or abbreviated as OHP. Commodore Perry School District in Hadley, Pennsylvania; Perry Middle School in Worthington, Ohio; Perry Elementary School in Erie, Pennsylvania; and the Perry School District in Perry, Ohio, are among others.

Alderson-Oliver Perry Utterback passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at his home in Clayton.
He was born July 25, 1932, to the late Merlin and Pearl Utterback.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce, on Apr. 4, 2015; brothers, Harold Utterback, Albert Utterback and Bill Campbell; son-in-law, Steve Boone; and granddaughter, Jamie Nicole Stewart.
Perry was a Christian and a faithful member of Clayton Baptist Church. He worked as a logger in his early years and was a retired member of the UMWA. He most enjoyed time spent with his family on the farm in Clayton.
Perry is survived by his children and their spouses, Judy Boone, Joann Stewart, Jeff and Melinda Utterback, Jamie and Jeannine Utterback, and Jeri and Charley Gillespie; grandchildren, Erin Boone Lore, Shelly Boone Rhodes, Amy Stewart, Kerri Stewart Devine, Andrew Utterback, Aaron Utterback, Craig Housby, Rebekah Utterback, Heath Utterback, and Alex Gillespie; great-grandchildren, Audrey Lore, Brody, Rylee and Farrah Rhodes, Emily, Grace, Claire, Joel and Lydia Devine, Slayton Utterback, and Coleton and Gannon Utterback.
A celebration of Perry’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Underwood Youth Center, WV State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg. Perry, along with Joyce, was a donor to the Human Gift Registry at the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine. Donations of sympathy may be sent to Clayton Baptist Church for the cemetery fence fund in care of Julie Milam, 180 Doc Miller Lane, Alderson, WV 24910.
The support and love of our parents will be greatly missed and we thank God for the privilege of being their children.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg submitted information. Please send online condolences by visiting .


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John M. Kuzdale is part of a team working with Hollywood professionals to transform Oliver Hazard Perry’s compelling saga into a major motion picture or TV mini series. The information presented here is based on the team’s seven years of research and extensive visits to the campaign’s battle sites in the United States and Canada.