William A. Perkins was born in Liberty, Indiana on May 15, 1930, and went home to be Jesus, and his soulmate for life and eternity, Marj on March 5, 2019, at the age of 88.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Marjorie H. Perkins, mother and father, Gladys and John Perkins, and by three sisters, Doris Bartlett, Alice Cowgill, and Peggy Massey an infant brother, Gary Perkins and many brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
He is survived by his son, Dave Perkins and wife Wanda of Milroy IN; by his daughter Lynda Hannus and husband Scott of Vienna, WV; by his daughter Joy and husband Tim of Memphis, TN. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Wes Perkins and wife Lindsey, Drew Perkins and fiance, Stacey Buell, Apryl, Ryan and Tyler Hannus, Nathan Bell and wife Patti Ann, and Shelby Bell. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Alice and Ruby Perkins, by his sisters, Mary Williamson, and Kay Ratchford, by his brother, John Perkins and wife, Beverly; by his brother Ellis Perkins; and by countless nieces, and nephews and his beloved dog TJ. All who loved him deeply and will miss him greatly.
He served his country faithfully in the United States Army on the front lines during the Korean war from 1951-1953 and was honorably discharged from service. In a foxhole on the other side of the world, in the middle of a war, He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and lived the rest of his life serving that Savior.
He played basketball and ran track at Liberty High School. Bill worked for Visteon/Ford for 45 years and retired in 1993. While at Ford, he also owned and operated Freezer Fresh ice cream truck along with his wife Marj, worked part-time for David Rea at Connersville Door Company and farmed. After retiring, he began farming full-time. He was a member at Grace United Methodist Church for over 50 years. While there, he served on the Pastor Parish Committee, as Sunday School Superintendent, Youth leader, Usher and in so many other capacities that no one ever knew about. If you attended Grace church, His face would be the first smile that greeted you as you came through the door for many years.
He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and a role model to his family. He enjoyed coon hunting, working on cars, farming and spending time with his wife and family. He will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him, but we rejoice in the hope that we will see him again in heaven.
Friends will be received at Miller, Moster and Robbins Funeral Home on Saturday, March 9th from 12-2 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm and a graveside service at Union Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.