John Louis Perry
January 31, 1925 - September 25, 2017
John Perry was born on January 31, 1925 in the small community of Hardwick, CA, to Frank and Rita Perry and passed on Monday, September 25, 2017 in his home in Klamath Falls, OR.
As a child of the Depression era, John knew how to make something out of nothing or as they say today, “repurposing”. During WWII, he helped on his father's farm, milking cows and growing crops. He was an exceptional mechanic, either while working on farm equipment or later in retirement, restoring Model “T's” or Model “A's” for himself. He farmed field crops in the Hanford area from 1956 to 1976. In 1959, John married Donna Sue Hedrick and they started their family. They bought their first ranch property in 1966 in Kingsburg, CA. In the next 10 years along with farming they started to expand a small cow calf cattle venture and In 1977, they sold the farm property and moved the family to a cattle ranch in Beatty, OR. Soon, in addition to the cattle business, they took on the ownership of the Beatty Store. In 1984, a fire destroyed the old store building. They rebuilt the business, adding a small restaurant and gas station for customers to utilize. In 1996, John and Donna retired and sold the ranch and store, moving to Midland, OR. During retirement, they made several road trips to the east coast to visit family and friends.
John was a man of his word, with his handshake more binding than any written contract. He was a man who valued his friends and would help those in need. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished them.
He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Sue, who passed away in 2004 and sons Terry Perry in 1993 and Mark Perry in 1987.
He is survived by a sister, Lydia Cabral, Fresno, CA, his daughter, Pamela Mathes and her husband, David, of Klamath Falls, OR, son Leland Perry, Klamath Falls, OR, son Bruce Perry, Mulino, OR, son John Perry Jr and his wife Kathy, Kingsburg, CA along with 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
A chapel service will be held on Friday, October 13th, at 1:00 pm., at Davenport's Chapel of Good Shepherd, 2680 Memorial Drive, Klamath Falls followed by an internment at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. Following the internment, a Celebration of Life will be held at the home of Dave and Pamela Mathes, 27120 Petersteiner Rd., Bonanza, CA.