Donald L. Perkins, 85, of Huntington, IN, died Friday April 18, 2014, at 12:19 a.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Mr. Perkins graduated from Stryker High School in 1946 and Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering in 1950. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Marines in Korea from 1951 to 1953 and then in the reserves until 1958. He was a farmer in Williams County, OH, and taught FFA at Attica High School.
He worked in feed sales and farm insurance in Ohio and Michigan, before coming to Huntington to work in general maintenance of plants and equipment at Huntington Nursery for 28 years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a member of Chain-of-Lakes Barbershop Chorus and belonged to Ohio Superior Lodge 179 F&AM in West Unity, OH, Eastern Star 189 in Tiffin, OH and Valley of Toledo York Rite.
He was born Oct. 29, 1928 in Stryker, OH, to Donald G. and Hazel (Reynolds) Perkins. He married Janet E. Nease on April 2, 1955, in Gettysburg, OH, and she survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Gary Alan (Julie) Perkins, of Adrian, MI and Thad W. (Pam) Perkins, of Suamico, WI; a daughter, Brenda E. (Larry Jr.) Rosen, of Huntington; six grandchildren, Jason Perkins, Diane (Philip) Cosner, Sabrina (Dennis) Newcomb, Larry Rosen III, Kimberly Perkins and Aaron Perkins; and three great-grandchildren.
Calling is Monday, April 21, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Deal-Rice Funeral Home- Huntington Chapel, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, with calling two hours prior to the service. Rev. Robert Land will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at dealricefuneralhomes.com.