Dorsey Raymond Perry, Jr., passed away February 14, 2013 at the age of 86, fifteen months after the passing of his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Virginia. He was also preceded in death by the couple's beloved son, Rodney. Mr. Perry was born in the small town of Plain Dealing, Louisiana, to Robbie Dale Stewart Perry and Dorsey Raymond Perry, Sr. Mr. Perry spent much of his childhood on the Stewart family farm run by his grandparents. He prized the many lessons in self-sufficiency he learned growing up in a rural farm environment during the Depression. After his mother died when he was quite young, Mr. Perry was raised by his aunt Natalie Stewart Denmon and her husband, Floyd Lee Denmon while his father worked developing some of the early oil and gas fields in South America.
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After graduating from high school as valedictorian, Mr. Perry attended Louisiana State University (LSU) briefly before joining the Navy at the age of seventeen in 1942. After WWII Mr. Perry returned to LSU where he earned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering. He later earned an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Mr. Perry worked for United Gas Pipeline Company/Union Producing Company which was later purchased by Pennzoil where Mr. Perry worked until his retirement. After retiring from Pennzoil, Mr. Perry established a successful practice as an independent consulting petroleum engineer. His work ethic, early lessons in self-sufficiency, and long career in exploration and production uniquely equipped him to resolve difficult technical situations and develop practical, economical solutions for clients. Throughout his long career, Mr. Perry was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served for several years on the Society's national board of directors.
Mr. Perry is survived by sons Raymond Perry and wife Susan and Randolph Perry and wife Sara, granddaughters Erin Perry and Mario, Melanie Aertker and husband Erick, and Allison Hermann and husband Andrew, plus five great-grandchildren. The family would especially like to thank beloved nephew David Eason, whose love and assistance provided invaluable spiritual and physical support in Raymond and Virginia's later years.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 am on Friday, February 22, 2012 at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. Ever practical, in lieu of flowers, Raymond and Virginia, would have preferred donations to the
in memory of Rodney Stewart Perry.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2013