PERRY ORVILLE STUPY, May 4, 1919 â€" October 21, 2012, Unofficial â€œMayor of Amado,â€ Arizona.
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Entrepreneur, Explorer, Adventurer extraordinaire, Inventor, Builder, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Step-father, Uncle and Friend â€" opinionated to say the least, 93 years lived to the fullest â€" courageous to the very end, leaves in this world, his wife of 12+ years, Wanita Curtiss Stupy, sons, Bruce (Joanne) Stupy of Rio Rico, AZ, Mike (Karen) Stupy of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters, Ginny Cooper of Poplar Bluff, Mo; Valerie (Denny) Scanlan of Tucson, AZ; Dodie (Mike) Brady of Valdosta, GA plus 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and embraced by 4 Curtiss stepsons and their families â€" Dallas (Theresa), Wade (Zoraida), Aric (Vicki) and Shawn (Tori).
Perry was born in Washburn, ND. He spent his formative years learning a work ethic that remained his credo for the rest of his life. He worked for AIRCO in Pittsburgh, PA until being transferred to Arizona. He spent the last 35 years of his life in Amado, AZ. He was co-founder of the Amado Food Bank, co-owner of Kayâ€™s Thrift & Gift, owner of numerous rental properties and the short-lived Amado Ice Cream Parlor - former member of Green Valley Rotary Club and frequent contributor to the editorial page of the Green Valley News.
He was preceded to Godâ€™s glory by his parents William Stupy and Fern Felton Stupy, his first wife Dot Stupy and his second wife Kay Stupy.
His life revolved around boating starting in high school when he built a canoe 36 feet long and 5 feet wide named the â€œNever Tip.â€ He then paddled that canoe with a friend from Pittsburgh to New York City for the 1939 Worldâ€™s Fair. He made front page news when his 5 year old son, Bruce, rowed across the Allegheny River in a rowboat Perry built from a 55 gallon metal drum. He was proud of the fact that he had traveled to all 50 states on two wheels as well as four. His last cross-country motorcycle trip was at age 65, the same year he first tried hang gliding. His family was the subject of another of his passions, photography, for which he won several photo contests. He also piloted both small aircraft and gliders.
His life dream was to build a riverboat and float down the Missouri River from Fort Benton, MT to the Gulf of Mexico to replicate a trip his father attempted in 1908. At age 80 he spent the summer in Fort Benton where he was the talk the town and made many friends. He realized two dreams â€" building the boat named â€œMaverickâ€ and meeting the love of his life, Wanita Curtiss. They were married January 15, 2000 in Green Valley and spent their summers in Ft. Benton, their winters in Arizona and together traveled the country from Alaska to Florida, Pennsylvania to California.
His final request was that his remains be donated to University of Arizona School of Medicine. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cow Palace (casual dress) on Saturday, October 27 from 2 â€" 4 pm. Remembrances to Wanita can be sent to PO Box 561, Amado 85645. Memorials in Perryâ€™s name would be welcomed at the Amado Food Bank.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Nov. 5, 2012