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Ronald Perry

June 20, 1944 ~ July 11, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Ronald Perry Obituary

On Tuesday July 11th 2023, Ronald Lawrence Perry passed away at the age of 79. He is survived by his
wife of 55 years Sharon and three children. Bryan Perry of Vancouver, Brad and Sarah Perry of
Pennsylvania, and Tami Perry of Reedsport. Grandchildren Garret, Chase, Josh, Kendra, Braden, Silas,
Colevyn, and Keaten. One great granddaughter Nova.


Ronald was born in Bremerton, WA on June 20th 1944 to Robert and Bernice "Bunny" Perry. He grew up
in Reedsport, OR., where he graduated Class 1962. He joined the Army out of high school where he was
part of the Corp of Engineers stationed in Europe. Years later he got married at First Christian Church of
Reedsport. He and his wife Sharon moved to Portland where he started his maritime career as a
deckhand for Willamette Tug and Barge. A few years later they moved to Battle Ground, WA, which is
where he traveled and followed every sport activity the kids played. If he wasn’t coaching, he was
cheering.


In 1992 he accepted a job offer with Foss Tug and Barge to be a launch operator of the tugboat Arrow 2
in Astoria, OR. He settled in Ocean Park, WA where he retired from the water in 2006. That same year
he returned to his roots and took over his late stepfather Jim DeWitte and Bunny’s tavern. The
Waterfront Tavern and Lounge is where Capt. Ron took his calling as boss and cook.
Ron was an attribute to the old town, he donated to many events including his famous spaghetti feed
for the dog shelter, and the family pizza night he hosted every year to welcome the carvers in Chainsaw
Events. If he wasn’t in the kitchen he was out talking with the customers, which in return became
friends. 2022 he would sell the tavern and do what he and Sharon long lived to do, travel. That took
them on adventures across the US map. This trip home was filled with graduation, baseball games and
birthdays that "Poppy" cherished. His family had a private gathering and will have a Celebration of Life
at a later date.

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