Obituaries for Jan. 10, 2014

Written by Baker City Herald January 10, 2014 08:53 am

Robert Gardner

Baker City, 1932-2013

Robert Aaron Gardner, 81, of Baker City, died Dec. 31, 2013, at the Boise Veterans Hospital. 

Burial with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Robert was born on April 25, 1932, at Huntington to Fred Aaron Gardner and Bessie Kathryn Lane Gardner. After finishing his education, Robert joined the U.S. Army and was proud to make the military his family for four years. 

Robert was proud of the fact he fought for his country in the Korean War where he drove a tank  and was very proud of his Korean Service Medal and his National Defense Service Medal.

After serving his country for four years, Robert left the military and started driving truck. He made a number of friends on the road and enjoyed spending his extra time meeting them and having coffee. He also enjoyed fishing and did that as much as possible.

Robert was married, but the marriage ended in divorce. He was always grateful that he had a daughter, Theresa Ann Lilly, from his marriage, family members said. 

Survivors include his daughter, Theresa Lilly of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Pauline Marshall of Vancouver, Wash.; and a number of cousins.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bessie Gardner

Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony Perry Jr.

Richland, 1921-2014

Anthony Perry Jr., 92, of Richland, died Jan. 2, 2014, at his home.

Tony was born on Sept. 18, 1921, at Springfield, Mass., to Anthony Perry and Josephine Cardaropoli Perry. 

After his school years, Tony joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served four years. He ended his service as a motor machinist’s mate 3rd Class. Tony was proud of the fact he was entitled to wear the World War II Victory Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and two stars and the Amphibious Insignia.

In 1948, Tony married the love of his life, Ruth Vasilacosta. They had two daughters from that marriage and Tony took care of Ruth and his daughters until Ruth’s death on July 4, 2010. 

He supported his family by becoming an aerospace quality control foreman until he retired in 1982. Most of the kids in the family loved to call Tony “Uncle Junior” because he was a junior in his family.

His daughters were proud of what Tony taught them because he showed them the importance of family values and hard work. His friends said he was a “stand-up kind of guy” who could do anything from plumbing to installing a motor in a pickup and would go out of his way to help anyone who needed him.

Tony loved the outdoors and enjoyed his fishing and hunting. He was an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and friend, family members said.

 Survivors include two daughters, Brice Perry of Richland and Colleen Perry of Lindenhurst, N.Y.; a grandson,William A. Perry Jr.; and his two great-grandchildren, Logan A. Perry and Zack W. Perry.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Perry; and his son,William Perri.

 Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.