Wallace E. Perry, 97, a retired Treasury Department employe and member of Local 262 of the National Federation of Federal Employees for over 62 years, died Wednesday at the Manor Care nursing home in Adelphi following a heart attack.

Mr. Perry was born in Orange, Va., and while in high school worked part time as a telegraph operator for the Southern Railway. He came to Washington a few years later, and in 1907 joined the Department of the Navy, where he was involved in shipbuilding operations.

Mr. Perry left in 1916 and began work as a purchasing agent in the chief clerk's office of the Treasury Department. While he was with the department, Mr. Perry resumed his earlier part-time career as a telegraph operator, transmitting Washington Senators games for the wire services. He retired in 1948.

Mr. Perry was a member of the Northeast Presbyterian Church, where he was active in its Sunday school for over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Christine, of Adelphi, a daughter, Christine P. Olinick of Kensington, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sypathy be in the form of contributions to the Northeast Presbyterian Church, 22nd and Varnum streets NE, or to a charity of one's choice.