Junko Perryman, born March 22, 1931, passed from this earth to continue onto a new life in heaven on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Junko was born, as the eldest child, into a loving and happy family that owned and operated restaurants in Nagoya, Japan. In March 1945, all their earthly possessions were destroyed and she suffered injuries from the napalm bombs dropped by the allied forces during World War 2. Junko, as an adult, met one of the airmen who flew the B-29 bombers that bombed her hometown, both were grateful to have survived the conflict.
In post war Japan Junko worked as a clothing model and as a housekeeper for American families. It was during this time that she was introduced to the greatest love of her life, Jesus Christ. A missionary family had provided her with a copy of the Bible that she studied and learned about sin and saving grace that came through repentance and faith in Jesus. She served in the church working with children, as there were many orphans, and as a translator for Americans assisting in the rebuilding of Japan.
In 1955, Junko met Thomas Perryman who was serving in the 5 th Marine Division through a chapel service. Thomas was working with fellow marines to build and support orphanages and churches. They were married in 1956 and returned to the United States where Junko was naturalized as a US citizen in Selma, Alabama. After a brief period the couple returned to the military life as Thomas joined the United States Air Force with duty assignments in Oklahoma, Colorado, Japan, and Idaho. During this time they had three sons.
In addition to her husband, Thomas Perryman, she is survived by her sons and their spouses; Timothy & Mary Perryman in Auburn, WA, Gregory in Palmdale, CA and Chris & Crucita Perryman in Boise, ID and grandchildren Valarie Hastings of Seattle Washington, Gabi, Nicolle, Thomas, and Charlotte Junko Perryman of Boise, ID.
After leaving the military life Junko dedicated her time towards Christian service through her efforts as a secretary in Bible Study Fellowship and participation in local church outreach providing Bibles for the visually impaired, assisting in the settlement of refugees, and care for the elderly. In 2006, Junko made her final trip to Japan where she and Thomas attended a Christian conference and returned to a church in Gifu where they were part of the founding members.
In the most recent times Junko had suffered from the effects of a stroke which provided for a final blessing as the years of service to her husband were returned through his provision of full-time care for her.
Services will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 11:00AM, Friday, June 5, 2020