Longtime Salidan Ray Perschbacher, 91, died Saturday afternoon at home.
His roots went deep in Chaffee County, beginning with his grandfather Joe Perschbacher, who worked as a machinist helper and engine watchman for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1903.
Ray grew up in Buena Vista and was an avid railroad historian. He began working for New York Life Insurance in 1954 and retired in about 1980. He and his wife, Gwen, moved to Salida in 1955, where they raised their family. Gwen preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2020.
A joint memorial service for Ray and Gwen Perschbacher is being planned.