Earl Robert Perry, of Pendleton, Oregon was born to parents Louis M. and Katherine (Blackburn) Perry on November 30, 1941 in Newport, Washington. He died on August 27, 2018 in Richland, Washington at the age of 76 years. Earl was the seventh of eight children born at home, as was the custom in those days.
Earl attended many different schools while growing up as his father followed work in construction of the dams, Hanford, etc.
He graduated from Wenatchee, Washington High School in 1960. After graduating he and several of his friends joined the US Navy to see the world. His time of service was from 1960-1964. After his tour of duty, he returned to the Pilot Rock/Pendleton area.
One of Earl's favorite jobs after he retired from Hill Meat Co. was driving bus for Mid Columbia Bus Company in Pendleton. He loved the children he had contact with each day and treated them with kindness as if each and every one was his own. A number of summers he drove Fire Fighters from fire to fire. He would mention his "motorhome" had windows down both sides, etc. and then would say it was a school bus. This always made his sister's heart sing when she remembered the good times.
His life was made full in 1997 when he and Trini Hank became forever partners. Trini brought two beautiful daughters into the relationship (Tiah and Calli). This in turn, brought six cherished grandchildren into his life. His world was complete with love, laughter, respect, etc. when this happened.
He is survived by Trini Hank, Tiah (Dave Slootweg) Glynn of Pilot Rock, Calli (Sonny) Gulick of Baker City, OR, grandchildren, Tara, Megan, and Beau Glynn, Taylor, Briley and Raegan Gulick, and also Dennis and Linda Estrada of Woodburn, Oregon and too many friends to name.
Earl is also survived by sister Beverly (Chuck) Bonando of Pilot Rock and brother Gerry Perry of Vancouver, WA. He was preceded in death by brothers Vern, Mick and Stan, Sisters Vada Strickert and Penny Hoisington who just passed away on March 4, 2018. There are many nieces and nephews on the Perry family too numerous to mention.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge, Pendleton, Oregon.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.
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