Born: August 1, 1931 - Deceased: September 29, 2020
Bruce Kenneth Perkins, 89, born, August 1, 1931 in Geneva, IL, died on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his residence in Belleville, IL.
Bruce lived most of his life in the Fox Valley, Illinois area and was proud of his youth spent in St. Charles. He graduated from St. Charles High School in1950 and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Bruce worked at Kiene Diesel in Franklin Park and Jefferson Smurift in St. Charles. In 1966, he married Mary O’Malley of Belleville, Illinois. After retirement, they resided in Elburn, Illinois, frequented their lake house in Holcombe, Wisconsin and ultimately moved to Belleville.
An avid outdoorsman, Bruce enjoyed hiking, hunting, boating and fishing. He was a devout Catholic, wonderful husband, loyal friend, accomplished skier and excellent dancer. Vera Lynn once serenaded him. He treasured his memory of meeting Queen Elizabeth. He loved card games, dominoes, Notre Dame football, dogs, English history, a pint of Guinness and all things Harry Potter.
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Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Lung Association, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or BJC Homecare and Hospice.
Funeral: Services will be private at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Father Matthew Elie and Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, IL.
Our entire family was sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. We truly enjoyed his stories and the many movies he shared with us. Our favorite story was of him surviving the plane crash. The newspaper article he shared of the event was riveting. We miss you at church and around the neighborhood. Our prayers are with you and your family. May fond memories of Bruce ease your times of sorrow.
Our toughts and prayers for his family and friends that knew him well. He was loved by all that knew him.
My heart was so broken to see this. As you know, Bruce always brought a smile to my face on Wednesday appts.
I can hear him now…wanting to compare our cross necklaces.
I am thinking of you.