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Ray Perkins

March 26, 2019
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Richard Ray Perkins Jr. 71, died on March 26, 2019 at his home in Richland, Oregon. Per his request, there will be no funeral service.
Ray was born on July 8, 1947 in Silverton, Oregon. He attended schools in the area, graduating from Lebanon High School in 1965. During high school, Ray excelled in baseball and brought home numerous trophies.

Ray entered the Army in December of 1965. The first 5 years he was an enlisted man up to the rank of SSgt E-6 and served in Korea 1966-67; the second 5 years he was a commissioned officer by way of OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia. He flew in Vietnam with the rank of 1st Lt. He received an honorable discharge in 1975. Ray was very proud of his military career and said “not bad for just a high school education”.
Ray married Karen Miley in Stayton, Oregon on March 16, 1968. They had two sons Raymond and James.
Rays working career was driving truck. He frequently moved during his employment until he moved to Bend, Oregon where he lived for 20 years. Just a couple years ago, Ray came to Richland to go fishing with a friend. It was on that fishing trip that he decided Richland was where he was going to make his new home and he did.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and hanging out with his grandson Sammy. Western movies were a favorite pastime, even if he had seen the same movie 15 times. He also enjoyed sports and playing the saxophone.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Perkins Sr.; mother Betty Wyatt and son James Perkins (2001).

Ray is survived by his son Raymond Perkins; grandson Sammy; sister Karol Shaw; brothers Larry and Wilber Perkins; sister Donna Ray; daughter-in-law Evelyn Barber; step-children Christie and Tim Lovins; numerous nieces and nephews.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Ray, the family suggests Creating Memories (an opportunity for those with special needs a chance to enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hunting, etc.) through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences can be shared at


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