Jack Marlyn Perkins
Jack Marlyn Perkins, 90, of Wayzata passed away peacefully at Waconia Good Samaritan on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017.
Jack was born Nov. 2, 1926, at Park Rapids, Minn. the oldest son of Floyd & Estelle (Young) Perkins. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Lee, and sisters; Jean (Marvin) Desrocher, and Beverly (Willard) Backholm.
Jack was a good man and good to have around. He was trustworthy and honest, and the first to step forward in times of need. He had a natural ability to provide value in almost any circumstance. He modeled a lifetime of hard work, high standards and remarkable consistency. Everyone knew what to expect with Jack, and he had many, many friends.
He was a proud World War II vet, serving as a Merchant Marine in the South Pacific at Iwo Jima, Guam and the Tinian Islands (1944 thru war's end). He was a life member of VFW Post 5518 in Elk River, a life member of Masonic Lodge 157 in Perham, Minn., a member of the Zuhrah Shine and a life member of American Legion Post 550 in Bloomington.
At the end of the war, Jack returned home to pursue his high school sweetheart, Audrey Hanson, daughter of Roy and Bessie Hanson. They were married on Sept. 14, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church of Two Harbors. Jack's early work life included his father's lumber yard, auto parts and owner-manager of a Standard Oil gas station in Brainerd. He had a natural aptitude and personality for sales that led eventually to an award-winning career as a salesman and staff manager with the Prudential Insurance Company. He held similar positions with other Minnesota firms as well. Later in life, he again owned a successful business; Record Preservation, Ltd. which specialized in preserving vital records and historical documents housed in vaults at county courthouses throughout the five-state area. His reputation for quality and value became unmatched among the many county administrators who retained his services. He retired from that business in 2002.
Jack enjoyed the family cabin at Duck Lake near Park Rapids and the hundreds of summer weekends shared with family and friends over 40 years. It was his favorite pastime and a true labor of love. The annual deer hunt at Two Harbors was also a cherished tradition, bringing him back to the north woods and his crew of fellow hunters. He often got his deer by tracking; even without snow, and was once witnessed taking a buck at 250 yards; thus earning him the nickname; great, white hunter.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Audrey of Wayzata; brother, Ronald (Vonnie) Perkins of Littleton, Colo. and three children, Patricia (Richard) Johnson of Superior, Bruce (Sue) Perkins of Waconia, and Penney (Donald) Birdsong of Wayzata.
Surviving grandchildren, include Jennifer (Ross) Peterson of Superior, Tiffany (Greg) Elton of Esko, Scott (Jacqui) Johnson of Andover, Jessica (Mark) Powell of St. Michael, Brittany Perkins of Cologne, Claire Perkins of Grand Marais, Anthony (Laura) Birdsong of Minneapolis, Andrew Birdsong of San Antonio, Texas, and Joseph Birdsong of Tallahassee, Fla. He was also blessed with 10 great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Jack's life: will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 with visitation one hour prior at Plymouth Presbyterian Church, 3755 Dunkirk Lane N, Plymouth, Minn. 55446. Immediately following the service, a lunch and social hour will be served at the church. A graveside ceremony and burial service will also be provided at 4:30 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy-Dawn Valley Cemetery 9940 Bush Lake Rd Bloomington, Minn. 952-941-7686
Three things he taught consistently by way of his personal actions and testimony:
Any job worth doing is worth doing well.
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - success achieved at the expense of others will eventually result in failure, and
Try to leave everything you encounter in life better off than you found it - literally as in don't leave a mess behind, and figuratively as in try to be helpful in messy situations.
He will be missed.