PHOENIX, Ariz. — Richard Odell Perry, 89, of Phoenix, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, due to COVID-19, just 12 days before his 90th birthday.

Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary in Scottsdale is in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Odell Perry was born in 1930 in Phoenix to Richard and Mildred Perry and was raised in Gibbon. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and football in high school. He attended college briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After discharge, Richard returned to Nebraska. At a summer picnic he met and fell in love with the beautiful red-headed Karen Lou Hagarity. They married six months later and created a family of three sons and a daughter.

Richard spent his career with the Hormel Foods Corp. He began in the Fremont meatpacking plant as a night watchman. He soon was promoted to a sales position where his talents would be fully utilized. Richard’s natural ease with people, his sense of humor and his desire to make a good life for his family all contributed to his success as a salesman and sales manager. His Hormel career took the family to Denver, Albuquerque, Houston, Philadelphia and finally, to Austin, Minn., where he became regional sales manager for Minnesota and the Dakotas. In 1975, he moved back to Phoenix to become district sales manager for Arizona, the position from which he retired in 1993.

In addition to being devoted to his family, Richard had many creative outlets. He was an excellent golfer, loved boating and was an especially avid photographer. He will be remembered as always having a camera in hand, ready to take candid photos of family and friends. He also was known for taking stunning images of landscapes and wildlife.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Karen Lou Hagarity Perry, his four adult children, David Perry and his wife Carolyn of Paducah, Ky., Lisa Yoder and her husband Larry Yoder of San Diego, Calif., Mark Perry and his wife Patricia of San Diego, Calif. and Clark Perry and his wife Leslie of Porter Ranch, Calif.; grandchildren, Emily West and her husband Austin West of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Perry of Paducah, Ky., Rachel Perry of Lincoln, Neb., Megan Perry of San Diego and Jenna Perry of Porter Ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Darral Marquis of Gibbon.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Mayo Clinic.

Visit hansenmortuary.com to leave condolences online.

Phoenix, Ariz., resident, 89

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Richard Odell Perry, 89, of Phoenix, formerly of Gibbon, Neb., died Tuesday, July 7, 2020, due to COVID-19, just 12 days before his 90th birthday.

Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary in Scottsdale is in charge of arrangements.

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Richard Odell Perry was born in 1930 in Phoenix to Richard and Mildred Perry and was raised in Gibbon. He excelled in sports, playing basketball and football in high school. He attended college briefly before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After discharge, Richard returned to Nebraska. At a summer picnic he met and fell in love with the beautiful red-headed Karen Lou Hagarity. They married six months later and created a family of three sons and a daughter.

Richard spent his career with the Hormel Foods Corp. He began in the Fremont meatpacking plant as a night watchman. He soon was promoted to a sales position where his talents would be fully utilized. Richard’s natural ease with people, his sense of humor and his desire to make a good life for his family all contributed to his success as a salesman and sales manager. His Hormel career took the family to Denver, Albuquerque, Houston, Philadelphia and finally, to Austin, Minn., where he became regional sales manager for Minnesota and the Dakotas. In 1975, he moved back to Phoenix to become district sales manager for Arizona, the position from which he retired in 1993.

In addition to being devoted to his family, Richard had many creative outlets. He was an excellent golfer, loved boating and was an especially avid photographer. He will be remembered as always having a camera in hand, ready to take candid photos of family and friends. He also was known for taking stunning images of landscapes and wildlife.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Karen Lou Hagarity Perry, his four adult children, David Perry and his wife Carolyn of Paducah, Ky., Lisa Yoder and her husband Larry Yoder of San Diego, Calif., Mark Perry and his wife Patricia of San Diego, Calif. and Clark Perry and his wife Leslie of Porter Ranch, Calif.; grandchildren, Emily West and her husband Austin West of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Perry of Paducah, Ky., Rachel Perry of Lincoln, Neb., Megan Perry of San Diego and Jenna Perry of Porter Ranch.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Darral Marquis of Gibbon.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Mayo Clinic.

Visit www.hansenmortuary.com to leave condolences online.

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