Former Steamboat Springs resident Robert M. Perry died peacefully at his ranch in Carbondale on Aug. 20, 2006. He was 88.
Bob was born March 8, 1918, in Denver. He grew up riding, hunting, fishing, skiing and loving 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 was always involved in the Carbondale community and served on the boards of the school, the Federal Land Bank, BLM advisory, Holy Cross and North Thompson Cattlemen's Associations, the first board of Valley View Hospital, the Methodist Church, Sunlight Ski Area and Northwest 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. He spent his life taking care of the land and his cows. He was a much beloved man by everyone who knew him, and he lived how he believed: "Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary use words." He was a loyal friend and a gentle and kind man who will be greatly missed.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth; his children and their spouses, Robin and his wife, Cindy Perry, Roz and her husband, Tom Tumbull, Will and his wife, Judy Perry, Marj Perry and her husband, Bill Fales, Charlotte and her husband, Andy White, all of Carbondale, Ruth and her husband, Ted Richardson, of Salida, and Nancy and her husband, Bill Shaffer, of Solano, N.M.; 26 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of his life was held Saturday on the lawn of the Mount Sopris Inn in Carbondale.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Sopris Therapy Services, P.O. Box 2080 Carbondale, CO 81623; Northwest Youth For Christ, 1614 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; or The Church At Redstone, 213 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO 81623.
Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs has been entrusted with the arrangements.