John Perkins, 79, of Cresco, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at his home surrounded by family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 24, 2012 at Notre Dame Catholic Church with Father Dennis Cahill officiating. Burial will be in Deer Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Carpenter, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Parish Scripture Service to follow, at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 North Elm Street Cresco, Iowa. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
John Perkins was born on April 13, 1933 in Lyle, Minnesota to Randall and Selma (Johnson) Perkins. He lived in the Grafton, Iowa and Lyle area for many years. He was once married to Patricia (Gess) Perkins and in 1975 moved to Decorah, Iowa. On June 27, 1986 John married Ludmilla Stadler in Chelsea, Iowa and they made their home in Cresco for over 26 years. Throughout his life John worked in farming, was a small business owner, owning Perk's Saving Center in Lyle, MN, and was a Motorcoach driver for Hawkeye Stages in Decorah for 32 years, retiring in 2006. He served as a volunteer fireman, city councilman , and was involved in various church activities over the years. John enjoyed sports, especially baseball and softball, and enjoyed fishing lakes in northern Minnesota. He always loved farming and spent each planting and harvest season helping his step-son and son-in-law work the fields. He loved spending time with family.
He is survived by his wife, Ludmilla of Cresco, Iowa, his daughters, Cynthia Corbin of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, Marcia (Jim) Sewick of Waukon, IA, Lori Perkins of Independence, Iowa, Renae (Randy) McIntosh of Decorah, Iowa, stepdaughters, Charlotte (Stan) Upah of Toledo, IA, Denise (Rick) Mills of Kansas City, Kansas, Amy (Kevin) Brandt of Sumner, Iowa, stepson, Doug (Trish) Stadler of Chelsea, IA, 24 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and his sister Helen Funk of Austin, MN.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Allen Perkins, and grandson Bob Bebee.