BETHEL — Funeral services for Richard W. “Dickie” Perry, 89, who died peacefully June 5 at the Gifford Medical Center in Randolph were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints in South Royalton. Burial is in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Royalton.
He was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Saxtons River, the son of Edward J. and Gladys (Torrey) Perry.
He attended school in Londonderry, N.H., Plymouth, Vernon and Athens.
At a young age, he began working with his father cutting lumber for Ralph Bradford until his father’s death in 1971. He then worked at the Thomas Turner Furniture Co. in Bellows Falls and later worked at Tenney’s Lumber Mill. He moved to Bethel in 1981 and worked for many years at Richardson’s Country Store in Bethel.
He like helping older people with transportation and doing errands. He would help anyone in need and became known affectionately as “The Mayor of Bethel.”
On Oct. 22, 1955 he married Marion King and later they were divorced. On Oct. 23, 1976 he married Mildred Kingsland of Royalton. Mildred died on April 16, 1985.
He was a member of the South Royalton Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Dairy Hill Road in South Royalton. He enjoyed woodworking, parades, attending church, dancing, going to senior citizen’s dinners and spending time visiting with his many friends and family members.
He is survived by stepdaughter, Donna Howe and her husband, Ernest; three step-grandsons, Mark Howe, Ed Burke and his wife, Patty, all of South Royalton and Michael Howe of Randolph; a step-granddaughter, Marcee LaFromboise of South Royalton; and a great-great-step-grandson, Seth Perkins of South Royalton; as well as several other step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the June 13, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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