It is with great sadness that the family of Michael Ferry informs you of his death. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Fullerton, California watching TV and snoozing on the sofa.
He was born Raymond Michael Ferry on December 3, 1944, in Lander, Wyoming to William E. Ferry and Helen Louise Irvine Ferry. He was close to his grandparents Walter H. Ferry and Louretta Iiams Ferry. His maternal grandparents were homesteaders, Dudley Knight Irvine (Alcova, Wy) and Edna Irvine Countryman (Sweetwater). He knew full well that his advantaged place in life was gifted by his ancestors. By his own description, which follows, he reflected on his childhood with amusement and gratitude. In addition to his parents and grandparents, Michael was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Richard W. Ferry. His bereft sister, Janet Ferry Black survives him. The love of his life, Helen Love, awaits him.
Amusement was a key part of Michael’s persona. He had a quick wit and a ready chuckle. He saw the irony in most situations. He loved to debate and playing Devil’s Advocate. He had a way of looking at any situation from a different perspective which dismayed, comforted and inspired his family and friends.
He married at 19 to the beautiful Judith Lang and was a kind father to two beautiful daughters, Lynn and Lisbeth to whom he was the primary caregiver, nurturer, cheerleader and adoring father.
He graduated Lander Valley High School, followed by the University of Wyoming with a Master of Fine Arts in Art. He was an accomplished artist working in bronze sculpture, oil, watercolor, photography and almost any other medium. Michael was a talented and professionally recognized artist, exhibiting in galleries as far as New York City and teaching art at the college level. He could turn the simplest assignment into a complex project. ie. Helen wanted a simple mailbox with a decorative house pattern. He turned it into an exact replica of their house so complete that if you looked in the windows you saw photographs of their living room and kitchen.
Michael deeply grieved his loss of Judith. She was beautiful. She was brilliant. She was young.
Then he received the most phenomenal gift. Helen Love! O’mi’gosh! Fireworks! This amazing woman entered his life with her four fantastic children and made a family! Michael was so blessed with this wonderful woman that he thanked his lucky stars every single day that he got to spend with her. Helen’s extraordinary children called him Dad and Cynthia called him Granddad. He loved them as only a father can.
So, he leaves this life deeply loved by us all. He had the gift of listening, not only with his ears but with his posture, the deeply, non-flinching eye contact, and then…the pause. Because he assimilated every word you said and then, maybe, upon reflection, would alter his viewpoint. But, if not, he would challenge you in the most respectful way, always honoring your perspective.
His children send this message with great grief, but also with the utmost joy and respect to a life so fully lived. May he be an example to us all!
Lynne Thomas and husband, Michael
Beth Block and husband, Donavan
Nicole Richardson and daughter, Cynthia Dudley
Corina Yang, daughter by love if not birth
Condolences to the family may be sent to The Michael Ferry Family, Beth Block, 28121 Mariposa #211 Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. BethBlock1@gmail.com. Any memories will be received with love and healing as Michael would have intended. The family is just absorbing the shock of Michael’s death. We will lovingly keep you informed as we proceed to honor his life.