Kenneth Perkins | 1925 – 2017 | Obituary

Kenneth Perkins | 1925 – 2017 | Obituary

Kenneth Perkins

Kenneth Perkins

July 02, 1925 – June 02, 2017

Kenneth E. Perkins, 91, formerly of St. Petersburg, FL and Vandalia OH passed away on June 2, 2017 in Lake Wales, FL.

He was born on July 2, 1925 in Hamilton, Ohio to G.H. and Fannie (Coyle) Perkins.  He married Edna (Straub) in 1950 and they had two daughters, Tammie and Cyndi.

An alumnus of Dayton Stivers High School, Mr. Perkins was a veteran of the US Navy and served during WWII.  He graduated from Miami (OH) University and Penn State University.  In 1952, Mr. Perkins began his teaching career as a science teacher in Fairfield OH and in 1958 moved to Vandalia, OH where he taught science, astronomy and served as the planetarium director with the Vandalia-Butler Schools until his retirement in 1980. While at Morton Junior High, he was the Scien-Teens advisor and took many groups to Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.  Ken and Edna moved to Florida when he was invited to become the planetarium director at St. Petersburg Junior College. He retired from there in 1994.

He was  involved in several professional Education organizations and his other activities included Boys Scouts, Lions Club, Jolly Jet Camping Club and Young at Heart.   Ken was director at several Boy Scout camps, Dayton Area Diabetic Association camp and Assistant Director at Camp Thunderbird. He also looked forward to driving the shuttle tractor at the Trapshoot each summer. He enjoyed camping and traveling with his family and especially enjoyed his mission trip (age 73) sponsored by Heart to Honduras.

Ken’s passion was telling others of his salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He consistently prayed for others.

Survivors include his daughters Tammie (Rick) Bishop and Cyndi Earley, grandsons Aaron (Nicole) Bishop and Ryan Bishop and great grandchildren Zachary and Aubrey Bishop, sister Lois Reichel, half-brother Brian (Dollie) Perkins, step-sister, Holly (Bob) Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by; his wife Edna of 57 years, sister Regina Cavender, son-in-law, David Earley, several dear in-laws and 2 nephews.

A memorial service will be on June 26 at 2:30 (visitation at 1:30) at Water’s Edge, 10 West Grove Ave., Lake Wales, FL.  The following day, June 27, there will be a service at 2:00 (visitation at 1:00) at Faith Fellowship, 6646 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL. There will also be an informal Celebration of Life on August 5 at 2:00 (visitation at 1:00) at Smith Middle School, 3625 Little York Rd., Dayton, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or Salvation Army.