Richard Perry of Spokane, Wash., formerly of Baker, Mont. died Nov. 4 at home in Spokane with his wife of 61 years by his side.
Richard was born in October 1935 in Baker, Mont., the son of Oliver Richard (Dick) Perry and Ruth (Ferrel) Perry. He married Mary Lou Woodson in 1956. He was preceded in death by his parents and 8- year-old sister, Shirley Perry.
Richard attended Willis Creek School through the eighth grade and graduated from Baker High School in 1953. He worked for MDU as a welder, then purchased his own welding truck. He also roughnecked for JD Spencer at Mill Iron and Plentywood, Mont. After receiving a call from his old boss, Don Barcos, who asked him to come to work for him in Lethbridge, Canada, he went back to welding.
He worked in Tennessee, Michigan, Maryland, Wyoming, North & South Dakota, Colorado and Montana. He finished his career working for Pacific Gas Pipeline in Spokane. Following his retirement at age 62, he ran an airplane muffler factory.
Richard is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, four children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers: Bobby, Johnny, Monty and Lynn as well as his cousin Gary Perry of Marmarth, N.D.