John Lewis Perkins


July 9, 1925 — March 11
John was received by Jesus March 11, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 9, 1925, to Walter Perkins and Effie Perkins (Womack). He was the second to the oldest of seven children born to this union, all who have preceded him in death.
John was a World War II veteran, served as a Marine sergeant landing on Okinawa, Japan, April 1, 1945, the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of WWII.
On May 2, 1948, John married Nan (Fidler) Perkins in Rolla, Kan. Nan preceded him in death. Out of their union were born three children: John Christopher Perkins (Courtney), Stephen Craig Perkins (Julie) and Valarie Jo Quick (Scott).
They have eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn their uncle are his nieces and nephews, the Christian, Hephner, Perkins, Price and Sayer families.
John and Nan farmed for 23 years near Rolla, Kan., in the Dust Bowl area. In 1969, they moved to Garden City, Kan., from farming to financial planning. In 1971, they made a big move to Scottsdale, Ariz. At the time of John’s death, he was a member of Sierra Vista Baptist Church of Belen, N.M.
John and Nan will be laid to rest together Friday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. Please feel free to join the family honoring John.
A celebration of John’s life will be held Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at Sierra Vista Baptist Church, 104 La Luna Place, Rio Communities, Belen, NM 87002.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 629, Portales, NM 88130.