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Robert M. Perry

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Robert M. Perry, age 88, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 20, at his ranch in Carbondale.

Bob was born in Denver on March 8, 1918. He grew up riding, hunting, fishing, skiing and loved the outdoors. In 1940 he married his childhood sweetheart, Ruth McNutt Brown. They lived in Steamboat for a year, then moved to Carbondale, where they raised registered Hereford cattle, quarter horses and their seven children.

Bob is survived by his wife, his children and their spouses: Robin and Cindy Perry, Roz and Tom Turnbull, Will and Judy Perry, Marj Perry and Bill Fales, Charlotte and Andy White, all of Carbondale; Ruth and Ted Richardson of Salida, and Nancy and Bill Shaffer of Solano, N.M., along with 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.Bob was always involved in the Carbondale community and served on the boards of the school, the Federal Land Bank, BLM advisory, Holy Cross, North Thompson Cattlemen’s Association, Valley View Hospital, Methodist Church, the Sunlight ski area and NW Youth for Christ. He also enjoyed guiding pack trips in the high country and being a partner in Snowmass Falls Outfitting.

Bob was a cowboy, a rancher and a man of honor who treated everyone fairly and as an equal. His quick humor and generosity defined him. Ranching was a calling and not a job, and he spent his life taking care of the land and his cows. He was a much beloved man by everyone who knew him and lived what he believed: “Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” He was a loyal friend, a gentle and kind man who will be greatly missed.Contributions in memory of Bob can be sent to Sopris Therapy Services (P.O. Box 2080 Carbondale, CO 81623), NW Youth For Christ (1614 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601) or the Church At Redstone (0213 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623).