Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Perry was born in Carrington, North Dakota on December 9, 1962, to Marvin and Angie Oster. He grew up in Carrington and attended Carrington High School. After graduating high school in 1982, he attended North Dakota State School of Science earning a degree in Accounting.
In 1984 Perry started at United Telephone as an Accountant. Shortly after being hired he became the Office Manager and remained in that role until 2010 when he became the General Manager/CEO until his retirement in 2021 after 37 years with the company. Perry was respected by his employees and was always willing to lend a hand, whether it was working on a float for a parade or implementing new technology.
When Perry started at United Telephone, the company was a small Cooperative that provided local and long-distance service. During his tenure, the company acquired more exchanges, eventually becoming known as United & Turtle Mountain Communications, and offering local, long-distance, IPTV, and fiber to its home subscribers. From having zero computers in the office to fiber at every home in the service area, Perry was instrumental in transforming the company over the years.
Perry put his heart and soul into his work and the company, making many lifelong friends along the way. He was a leader in the telecommunications industry and was on many boards including Dakota Carrier Network, RSA2, RSA3, North Dakota Long Distance, North Plains Utility Contracting, and also served on the Member Advisory Committee for the National Information Solutions Cooperative for many years.
The Shriners had a special place in Perry’s heart. He was secretary of the 49ers Shrine Club for 10+ years and a member of the Lebanon Lodge. His summers were spent at Lake Juanita and Mount Carmel Dam. He loved being at the lakes with family and friends, laughing and sharing stories around the campfire or in his grain bin bar. His favorite holiday was July 4th, especially taking his great nephews to buy the largest fireworks they could find. Perry enjoyed traveling, UND hockey, his tractor, and ATV but his two loves were his work and summers at the lakes.
Perry will be deeply missed by Connie Stremick, significant other of Langdon; her family Troy & Frankie Stremick (Conner, Ava), Terra & Paul Medbery (Rylee, Hadley, Blakely), and Jill Stremick (Dekker) all of Langdon; his mother, Angie Oster, Carrington; sister Melody (Brian) Klein, Inver Grove Heights, MN, nephew Brett Klein, niece Kristina Klein & Zach Seipel; brother Brian (Leslie) Oster, Carrington, Nephew Brandon & Kacey Rask, (Cayden and Alivia) Bismarck, Niece Nichole & Dustin Garber, (Callen, Nic, & Briggs) Carrington.
Perry was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Oster.
A Visitation will be held on Monday, October 9, 2023 from 5:00PM-6:00PM followed by a Vigil Service at 6:00PM at St. Alphonsus Church, Langdon, ND.
Perry’s Carrington Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 1:00 – 7:00PM with family present from 5:00PM-7:00PM with a Rosary Service at 6:45PM, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, ND.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 10:30AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington, ND.
His Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.
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