Services: There will be no funeral or memorial service at the firmly and frequently expressed direction of Perry himself.
Perry E. Scott, 96, was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Windyville, Mo., the youngest of eight children born to William Sherman Scott and Arvilla (Yates) Scott. He died Dec. 13, 2018, after a sudden illness.
After graduation from Buffalo High School at age 16, he hoboed to California and while there worked for a year on a dairy farm milking 40 cows day and night, before returning to Buffalo. He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served as the company clerk until joining the U.S. Navy.
He enlisted Jan. 21, 1941, in the Navy. While in boot camp, he had the opportunity to dance with Mrs. Henry Ford at a sailors’ social event and was always pleased by that event. He served in World War II and the Korean War and retired after 20 years as a chief petty officer.
On Sept. 13, 1942, he was united in marriage with Elaine Mildred (Anderson) Scott in Wollaston, Mass. His daughter, Gail Elaine Scott, was born while he was in the Navy.
Upon retirement they spent nine years in Florida and then returned to Buffalo in 1993. He continued his love of flying by owning his own small aircraft and getting a private pilot’s license, only giving it up when he was 93. He became the de facto Buffalo airport manager until shortly after selling his airplane. He was also an accomplished ham radio operator, talking to people throughout the United States, and continued with that activity until age 94.
While living in Buffalo, he served as a Dallas County booster and Buffalo councilman. He was a big supporter and regular of the senior center, where he reconnected with friends and made many friends.
His close friends Ron and Nellie Spittler looked out for him, calling him daily, and considered him family. To know Scottie, as his family called him, was to love him. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his nephew, Robert A. Anderson and wife, Sharon; niece, Karen M. Bergren and husband, John; great-nieces: Barbara Randall and husband, Chuck, and Vivian Scott and husband, Steve; great-nephews: Deryl Jones and wife, Shirley, Ronald Jones and wife, Teresa, and Randy Jones and wife, Cindy; and dear friend Connie Swan.