Owner of iconic business on Route 66 dies

Bud Perry (1937 - 2017)
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Bud Perry, owner of Bud's Tire & Wheel, passed away last Monday at age 79. His business on College Street at Grant Avenue attracted many Route 66 enthusiasts because of its car murals on the outside walls.

Perry established Bud's Tire & wheel in 1958 and was an active figure in the Springfield community. He also was active in the racing community; he was inducted into the Ozarks Area Racers Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Perry in 2013 received the John T. Woodruff Award, which recognizes Springfieldians' contributions to Route 66. He helped with the Ozark Empire Fair Entertainment for many years in the 1980s and '90s and also helped assist and provide sound systems for numerous charities, such as the ANPAC Car Show, Relay for Life (Ozark & Nixa) & Junebug Jamboree.

Here's Perry's obituary, as provided by his family:

Leslie “Bud” Perry, 79, Springfield, Missouri peacefully entered into his Heavenly home January 23, 2017. He was born May 15, 1937 in Springfield to Ival and Marie (Kennemer) Perry.

In 1956, Bud and Lee Annette (Kaufman) Perry were united in marriage and to this union three children were born. He owned and operated Bud’s Tire and Wheel in Springfield since 1958.

He served on the Ozark Empire Fair Entertainment Board, he was a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple and also a member
of the Solomon Masonic Lodge #271of Springfield, Missouri for over 50 years.

In 2002, Bud was inducted into the Ozark Area Racers Association Hall of Fame and received the Racing Pioneer Award. In 2013, he received the John T. Woodruff Award, which recognizes Springfieldians’ contributions to Route 66. He loved helping numerous charities including ANPAC Car Show, Junebug Jamboree and Relay for Life and numerous other charities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ival and Marie (Kennemer) Perry and his grandson, Daniel Levi Perry. Survivors include his children: Ricky Perry and Kathryn Curtis of Springfield, Michael Perry and wife Tonnia of Strafford, and Jacqueline Perry of Springfield; five grandchildren: Jacob Perry, Shyrah (Perry) Schisler and husband Jordan, Kristina (Perry) Proctor and husband Mickey, Iceley Perry,
Dakotah Perry and three great grandchildren, Henley and Boston Proctor and Alistair Curtis.

The family would like to thank so many for their kindness, support and prayers, including special thanks to Dr.’s John and Nan Crighton, Oxford Hospice and Global University.

The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Greenlawn Funeral Home East with Masonic Services held at 4. Services will be held at 2 on Monday, Jan. 30, at Greenlawn Funeral
Home East. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.


Bud Perry poses with a tourist at his business next to Route 66 in Springfield. (family photo)