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Elzy Perry went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2019. Born March 14, 1923, in Glencoe to Elzy Perry Sr. and Mayme (Coe) Perry, he was the sixth of 11 children. He was named after his dad and born on his mother's birthday. Elzy Sr. planted a cherry tree in honor of his son's birth.
Elzy Jr. grew up on the Perry Ranch, first helping his mom with the chores and later working alongside his dad drilling water wells throughout Lincoln, Chaves and Otero counties. He also drilled in Arizona for his brothers. Before the war he worked in the copper mines at Morenci, Ariz., along with several family members. During World War II Elzy joined the Marines and was a part of the second wave to land on Yellow Beach, Iwo Jima. After returning home, he ranched and farmed with his father for a while and worked at various other jobs, including welding. He then again took up drilling water wells until his health, at age 72, forced him to retire. He was a member of the Tularosa Methodist Church, the Elks, the Water Well Drillers Association and the Tularosa Lions.
Elzy's hobbies were gardening, home repair, hunting, fishing, camping and family.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers George, Lloyd and Jimmie Perry; sisters-in-law Hazel, Dora and Lola Mae Perry; and brothers-in-law Ray Taylor, Raymond Stout, Euel Ross and Boe Rasco.
Elzy is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon (Curtis) Perry, who resides at the family home. They were married in Mescalero at the Old Road Cafe by Judge Henry Prelo. They renewed their vows on their 25th anniversary at the Perry Ranch in Glencoe with the Rev. Lowell Swisher officiating. Also surviving are sisters Nina Taylor, of Lincoln, Gladys Nosker, of Glencoe, Ruth Rasco, of Alamogordo, and Jane Morrison, of Ruidoso; brothers Leroy Perry, of Dell City, Texas, Don Perry, of Irving, Texas, and Charles Perry, of Artesia; brothers-in-law Larry Curtis and wife, Joyce, of Roswell, and Reed Curtis, of Roswell; sister-in-law Patrica Popovich and husband, James, of Seattle, Wash.; and father-in-law Ivon Curtis, of Alamogordo.
Elzy had two children, son Ronnie Coe Perry and wife, Jeanene, of Ruidoso, and a daughter, Fredda Draper and husband, Carl, of Ruidoso Downs; eight grandchildren, Alleyene Medina and husband, Manny, Anita Perry and husband, Greg, Anthony Elzy Perry and wife, Sonieda, Ronna Garcia and husband, Michael, Kelly Chaves, Rusty Hamilton and wife, Maria, Robyne Draper and Dallas Draper and wife, Robyn; 13 great-grandchildren, Michael, Elaina and Amber Medina, Donavovan Perry, Melissa, Stephen, Adrian and Vincent Garcia, Lindsey Chaves, Scout Hamilton, Jasmyne Goodman, Isabella Amezcua, and Jordan and Jaxon Draper; one great-great-granddaughter, Paige; former sister and brother-in-law Paul and Verna Blankenship; Nellie and Paul Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the Perry Ranch in Glencoe. Interment to follow at the family cemetery with Chuck Moon officiating.
Pallbearers will be James Taylor, Larry Curtis, Dan Coupland, Jim Regan, Euel W. Ross and Euel E. Ross. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Loving, Lester Stout, Paul Blankenship, Paul Jones and Ray Quick DD.
His shy smile and quiet sense of humor will be greatly missed. 
The Perry family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 10 to Jan. 26, 2010
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