Ray Perry, WWII Tail Gunner and Father of U.S. Energy Chief Rick Perry, Dies at 92

Joseph "Ray" Perry, the 92-year-old father of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, has died.The former World War II tail gunner served nearly 30 years as a Haskell County commissioner, the Houston Chronicle reported. For years, he and his wife operated a farm operation near rural Paint Creek, Texas, where they raised their children, including Rick, who would go on to become the state's longest-serving governor.Circumstances of the elder Perry's death were not immediately available."Ray Perry was a true Texan in every sense of the word, and he embodied the values of faith, family and freedom that we in the Lone Star State hold dear," Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement quoted by the newspaper. "We ask that all Texans join us in offering their prayers for the Secretary's family as they as mourn the loss of a great man."After the war, Perry married Amelia Holt and had two children -- Amelia Shaye and Rick. The elder Perry was elected commissioner in the late 1960s, a role he would hold until the 1990s as a Democrat.Son Rick, elected to the state House of Representatives in 1984, served for six years before an eight-year run as agriculture commissioner and a short term as Gov. George W. Bush's lieutenant governor. He assumed the state's top post when Bush resigned to become U.S. president and was elected to three four-year terms.His former chief of staff, Deirdre Delisi, described Perry's father on Facebook as "a West Texas farmer straight out of central casting."Services are pending.   Continue reading...

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