Catholic Mass of Christian Burial for William Perry, 88 year old Buffalo man who passed away Wednesday morning at the Johnson County Healthcare Center in Buffalo, was celebrated Friday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as celebrant. Visitation was held at the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, November 24th from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Interment was in Willow Grove Cemetery with military graveside services to follow the mass. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Buffalo Senior Center or the Johnson County Library in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Francis William Perry was born on October 2nd, 1923 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Ralph and Gertrude Perry. Bill grew up and attended school in Buffalo, Wyoming graduating from Johnson County High School in 1941. After high school Bill went to the University of Wyoming where he intended to graduate but World War II put his plans on hold and he found himself in the military serving with the 78th Infantry Division, also referred to as the Lightening Division. He spent time in Belgium, Holland and finally ending up in Germany. Bill did return to the University of Wyoming after the war and graduated with a degree in accounting and business administration. After graduating with honors from UW, Bill married Jacqueline Guth and the couple moved back to Buffalo where Bill opened an accounting firm before heading off on his second stint with the military when he was recalled as an inactive reserve officer and was sent to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for two years during the Korean Conflict. In 1956 he took a position with Buffalo Federal Savings and Loan where he remained for thirty five years eventually becoming the chief executive officerin 1971, then retiring in 1991. Bill and Jacqueline continued to live in Buffalo until the time of his death.
Bill was extremely proud of his community and enjoyed being involved, continually contributing to its prosperity. Bill served as the Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Johnson County Fair Board, he served two terms on the City Council, the Zoning Board, the Bi-Centennial Committee, University of Wyoming Alumni Board of Directors, three years on the Commerce and Industry Advisory Council at the University of Wyoming. Bill also was on the Board for the Northwest Mental Health Center for four years as well as being involved in the Foundation for the Buffalo Daycare Center. He was a life member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where he served as board treasure for many years and was also a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was a member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, president of the Pacific Northwest Conference of Savings and Loan, on the Johnson County Library Board, Golf Club President, and a 65 year member and active ceremonial member of the V.F.W. Bill spent a large portion of his life in public service but his great pride was his family.
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline of Buffalo, Wyoming; one son Kevin Perry of Gladstone, Missouri; two daughters; Allyson Landreville of Portland, Oregon, and Tina and her husband Les Kleespies of Grand Junction, Colorado, and seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother.