CHERRY VALLEY - Leonard "Bud" D. Perry passed away on Sunday May 28, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness. He was 71.
He was born in Cooperstown on July 11, 1945, the son of Donald S. and Marjorie (Vogelien) Perry.
Bud lived his whole life in Cherry Valley. He grew up on Montgomery Street in the village. He attended Cherry Valley Central School and graduated with the Class of 1963.
Bud was a 20-year exempt member of the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department in which he served as department first assistant, second assistant and chief. He was a retired member of the CVFD Ambulance Squad.
In 1980, he married Charlotte Maaser Wilson of this village. They resided on Montgomery Street. Then they moved to Mr. Perry's residence on Quarry Street where they resided at the time of Bud's passing.
Bud was stepdad to three daughters, Bonnie, Michele and Cammie. He also served as Mayor of the Village of Cherry Valley for four years.
He worked at various jobs after school starting with the Village of Cherry Valley Maintenance Department. Then he worked a short time for the Elmore Feed Co., also in Cherry Valley. He also worked for Briggs Lumber Co. in Sharon Springs until the store closed.
Then, in 1966, he took a job with the Otsego County Department of Highways, Forestry and Parks in Cooperstown, a job he held for the next 38 years. He worked his way up through the ranks and in August 1994 he was appointed Deputy Highway Superintendent. He worked five years as deputy and on July 6, 1999, was appointed Superintendent of Highways in charge of 475 miles of roads, 86 county bridges and various county parks and forest land. He was most proud of being the superintendent as his father. Donald S. Perry and grandfather. Earl A. Perry. were both highway superintendents of the Town of Cherry Valley for a combined total of 33 years. During his term as superintendent, he was acknowledged by the New York State Senate and Assembly as being a third generation highway superintendent.
He was a member and Senior Lay Leader of the Roseboom United Methodist Church. In spring of 2015 Bud was appointed Cherry Valley Village Historian, a position he was very proud of.
Bud is survived by his wife of 37 years; three stepdaughters, Bonnie (John) Hren of Decatur, Michele (Bruce) VanDewerker of Cherry Valley and Cammie Wilson and Kathy Killarney of Andover, Connecticut; his beloved grandchildren, Erin (Jeremy) Seeley, Curtis (Jessica) VanDewerker and Jessica (Billy) Regg; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by various nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.
Bud was predeceased by his parents; great-grandson, Landon Seeley; and all of his uncles, aunts and grandparents.
Viewing hours will be from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 1, at the Ottman Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow in the Cherry Valley Cemetery with the Rev. Fralick presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Roseboom United Methodist Church, Cherry Valley Historical Association or Susquehanna Animal Shelter.
To send condolences, please visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on May 29, 2017