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Peery, John Nersi

Peery, John Nersi

May 5, 1973 — August 23, 2019

Jonathan “John” Nersi Peery, 46, beloved son of Anita Peery of Independence, MO, was discovered in his London apartment on August 23, 2019. John was born at KU Med Center on May 5, 1973, the day Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby.

He was an Independence native and had been active in many regional theater productions and the Renaissance Festival. He was a 1991 graduate of William Christmas High School. John trained in voice at UMKC Conservatory of Music before getting his degree in Biological Science and Chemistry. He worked for a short period of time for the American Cancer Society before gaining employment for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. John has worked for Cerner in London for the last three years.

John was preceded in death by his adoring grandmother Leona Peery and grandfather John V. Peery, aunt Darlene Joy Peery, uncle Bill Standiford, and dearly adored friend Rick Bovles.

He is survived by his mother, aunt Sherry Peery of Independence, MO, aunt Sandra Standiford of El Centro, CA, cousins Tracey, Jenifer, and Stephen Schmedli of Independence, MO, Dan Standiford and spouse, Billy Standiford, Debbie Standiford and spouse, Mike Standiford and spouse, and his dear friends Kendra Keller, Shannon McWilliams, Tihleigh Roach, and Matt and Kim Hentges, and his extended family of loving and devoted friends.

John was a believer in the Quaker Society and loved life to the fullest. He was a joyful, bright light to all who knew him and sorely missed and fondly remembered.

The family wishes to thank Emanuel Cleaver and Haydin Brady of his office for their help in bringing John home.

Visitation 12PM, service 1PM, Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; private burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bell Road Barn Players ( or Wayside Waifs (

Service Information

Visitation 12PM, service 1PM, Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd.; private burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Peery, John Nersi's Guestbook

Some family we are born into, some family we find later in life. Jonathan was the brother I never had as a child. We didn’t know each other for many years, but he was a close friend akin to a brother. I miss him so very much - his boisterous laugh, his magnanimous generosity, his razor-sharp wit, and his immense intellect. Goodbye, JDawg. The earth isn’t the same without you.

Drew Garrett

A light in our world has gone out too soon. You were one of my best friends and I am going to miss you so much. I loved our Sunday mornings at Bo Lings for dim sum and conquering enemies together in all the MMORPGs we wreaked havoc through. Visiting Luma and TWR in Orlando won't be the same without you. Your sense of humor was top notch and you were so full of talent. I know many people are mourning you and wish all of your friends and family love and peace. Rest easy, don't get into too much trouble. Until we meet again. Skol!

Kerri Canyas

Each moment with you was memorable joy. They will be cherished as treasures. You are a force and presence that will missed like no other. Farewell, dear friend.

Angela & Nick WooKay

Thank you for befriending a middle school boy who didn't quite know how to belong and showing him that was perfectly fine. That wisdom will be missed.

Erik J Pratt

We just reconnected in the last few years and I cherish the messages we shared; you were always the best at arguing a difference of opinion with me. I remember good times at the Conservatory...and theatre 🎭 shared. You were a “Prince” and you will be missed by all that knew you!

Nancy Madsen

UMKC Conservatory Classmate.

Valerie Holland

I am coming to terms that you are no longer here to share the humor in all the ridiculous things in life. I am thankful for all of the memories, all the fun and becoming adults together. You will be missed so much.

Jennifer Olson

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