Robert “Bob” H. Perry, a professional bowler who earned more than $10,000 on the 1991 Senior Touring/Pro Doubles Professional Bowlers Association Tour, has died at age 66.
The Phoenix resident, who was also the oldest association member to bowl a 300 game on the regular tour, died Saturday [December 28, 1991].
Mr. Perry was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Aug. 15, 1925, and moved to Phoenix in 1983.
A member of Indiana’s Fort Wayne Hall of Fame, Mr. Perry joined the bowling association in 1972. He had one of his best years in 1973, when he “cashed,” or won money, in eight of 12 tournaments. During his career, he also won nine city titles in Fort Wayne and three state crowns in Indiana.
Mr. Perry owned and operated a pro shop at Maricopa Lanes in Phoenix for the past eight years.
The Senior/Touring Pro Doubles is where Mr. Perry made his best career finish. He and association Hall of Famer Marshall Holman both finished third in 1984.
In June of this year, Mr. Perry had another perfect game in the $55,000 Hammond Open in Indiana. In the $75,000 AMF Cobra Classic in St. Charles, Mo., he had a high six-game block of 1,471.
At the time of his death, Mr. Perry had eight top-10 career finishes and ranked 14th in earnings.
Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, Mattie; his daughters, Rikki Clauson and Rhonda Shadle; his sons; Steve, Alan and Stan; his mother, Marie Van Avery; one sister; three brothers; and nine grandchildren.
A visitation is scheduled for today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Grimshaw Bethany Chapel, 710 W. Bethany Home Road. Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.