Raymond Otto Perry
Raymond Otto Perry of Harper, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at the age of 79. He was in the care of Votive Hospice at Knopp Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Fredericksburg, after a long battle with diabetes, COPD, and arthritis.
He was born in Corpus Christi, on Sept. 5, 1939 to Ira H. and Ruth Perry, who preceded him in death. While still an infant, the family moved to Ingleside. This city remained his main residence until he retired in 2012 to Harper.
Raymond is survived by his wife of 56 years, B. Lorine Slaton Perry; and his son, Matt W. Perry and wife, Kristi and their children, Harlii Perry, all of Harper, and Garrett Oliver of Round Rock.
His sister, M. Floy Mc Intyre, resides in Lott. In addition there are many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Raymond graduated from Ingleside High School and attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.
He joined the army in December, 1958 and served until March 1962. His combat training was at Fort Riley, Kansas. At Fort Belvoir, VA he trained for the 1st -5th Echelon Maintenance of Heavy Engineer Equipment. He had a 13-month tour of duty in Korea with B Battery 3rd Gun Battalion 38th Artillery. Other tours took him to Alaska, Greenland, and El Paso. At Fort Bliss, he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Army, Company D, 815th Engineer Battalion as Specialist Fifth Class.
Raymond and his dad, Ira, began Perry Construction Co., Inc. in 1967, in Ingleside, and they were later joined by his son, Matt, who started working summers when he was only eight years old. The company’s specialties were underground utilities for cities and subdivisions, water and sewer plants, land clearing, bulkheads, and more. It was a respected business for 45 years.
Other companies founded by Raymond with others, were Two Ray Corporation, Conn Brown Off Shore Facilities, and ICW RV Park in Aransas Pass.
Raymond served the City of Ingleside, for a two-year term as its mayor in the early 1980s.
There will be a private family memorial at a later date. For those who so desire, they may make memorial contributions in his memory to Headwaters For Heroes, P.O. Box 336, Harper, TX 78631.