Perley O. Draffehn, 92, of Stanley, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in a Stanley nursing home.
Perley was born in Garrison on Feb. 27, 1921, to Fred W. and Nina (Perley) Draffehn. He was given the name of Perley which was his mother's maiden name.
Perley grew up in Garrison and attended the Garrison Public School system for his elementary and secondary education. After graduation from high school in 1939, Perley attended North Dakota Agriculture College (NDAC) in Fargo, which is now known as North Dakota State University (NDSU). In August 1942 Perley was to be drafted into the Army when he persuaded the draft board to delay his drafting so he could return to college. He was called to duty in April 1943 and completed his basic training in June and in August was shipped to England and was the last soldier assigned to the 228th Station Hospital. Perley was in England for three years before his tour of duty ended. He was discharged on Feb. 21, 1946, as a three-stripe sergeant. During this time, he petitioned the college to grant him longer to finish, even though he was 17 hours short of the requirements. They granted his petition and he got his diploma with a bachelor of science. Perley graduated from the School of Home Economics with a degree in food and nutrition. He had intended to go into commercial food work.
Perley returned to the Garrison area. When Garrison was celebrating a fall festival, a small band to tour the area communities was organized. The band was playing in Ryder when a man beckoned Perley to come over to him. It turned out this man was a former high school teacher of Perley's and was also the superintendent in Ryder. During their visit, the superintendent learned that Perley had a considerable science and history background so he offered him a teaching job. Although Perley had been waiting for acceptance to the University of Chicago, he took the job offer. On his first day of teaching, he received an acceptance letter to the University of Chicago, but had already signed a contract and wanted to fulfill those obligations.
Perley taught in Ryder for four years and obtained his master's in school administration in 1951 from Colorado State University. He was a superintendent in a number of schools: Gardena, Carpio, Columbus, Midway and spent 12 years as the superintendent in the Stanley School System. Perley spent 36 years working in the education field, retiring in 1983.
Perley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stanley and served as treasurer for a number of years. When the church closed its doors, he joined the American Lutheran Church in Stanley.
Perley was a member of the North Dakota Education Association and the NDASA. He served as a member of the Stanley City Council for six years, was a member of the Stanley Lions Club for over 38 years, the Portal Masonic Lodge and the KEM Temple of the Shrine. He was an honorary member of various Stanley school clubs: FFA, FBLA, FHA and the Stanley S Club. Perley was very proud of the honorary memberships and especially proud to have the pleasure of knowing those students.
He is survived by: his niece, Diana Leggitt and her husband, Phil; his great-niece, Nancy Leggitt; his great-nephew, Larry Page and his wife, Jodi, and their daughters, Brett and Savannah Page; his cousin, Ronald Draffehn; and numerous Perley family members.
Perley was preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Jack; and his sister-in-law, Mae.
Perley's funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at 11 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Stanley.
Burial will be at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation will be today, Monday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Springan Funeral Home, Stanley.
Memorials are preferred to Stanley Schools Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).