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Obituary: Perkins




Donald R. Perkins, 81 of Fairbury, died at 6:35 pm Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury.


His funeral will be at 10:30 am Monday, June 13, 2022 at the 1st United Methodist Church of Fairbury with Pastor Paul Wier officiating. Burial will be in South Graceland Cemetery, Fairbury.


Visitation will be 3:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury and 9:30 to 10:15 am, Monday at the church in Fairbury. The family suggests memorials be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community or SELCAS both of Fairbury.


Donald was born June 26, 1940 in Chatsworth, IL; the son of Russell and Annis (Harlan) Perkins. He married Patricia Wilson on February 17, 1962 in Jacksonville, IL. His wife, Pat preceded him in death on March 9, 2022. His parents, 2 brothers, Kenneth and Charles Perkins, and 1 sister, Luella Mounce also preceded him in death.


Survivors include their children, Jeff Perkins, Durham, NC; Carol (Eric) Vaughan, Fairbury; two granddaughters, Morgan and Macy Vaughan, Fairbury, and one sister, Marlene Thompson, Wilmington, IL.


Don was a 1958 graduate of Lexington High School. He was employed at GTE in Bloomington, Durham, NC; and Tampa, FL; for over 35 years, retiring in 1996. In 1998 Don and Pat moved back to Illinois to be closer to their family; eventually settling in Fairbury.


After retirement Don worked part-time at Ace Hardware, and United Soils both in Fairbury. Don enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his garden. Don and Pat also enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years.


The family would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury for the wonderful care given to Don over the past couple of months.


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