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Kenneth “Kenny” F. Perkins, 92, of Lebanon, passed away Nov. 18, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.. Kenneth was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Lebanon, a son of Claude M. and Gladys (Froment) Perkins. He was first married to Willa M. Logsdon on July 30, 1947; she died Jan. 3, 1994. He married Evelyn (Pressey) Sanders on May 26, 2007; she survives.. Kenny was a 1940 graduate of Lebanon High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He took his boot camp and machinist training at Great Lakes, Illinois, and picked up his destroyer assignment at Norfolk, Virginia. He made many crossings of the Atlantic. His ship’s assignments included picking up German survivors from a bombed submarine and, on another journey, picked up survivors from a ship that was badly damaged by ramming a submarine. Kenny volunteered in April 1945 for an Underwater Demolition Team and trained in Gainesville, Florida, for the assignment to clear enemy beaches. He then served on an attack transport ship in the Pacific, which sailed to Japan at the end of the war. In 2003, Kenny visited the U.S. Navy UDT – Seal Museum, and in 2007 he went on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC, to visit the World War II Memorial with fellow veterans.. After Kenny served his country, he worked for Stewart Warner and retired from Webb Wheel as a tool designer. He enjoyed gardening and watching his grandkids participate in sporting activities. He liked to hunt and fish and watch the Indianapolis Colts and the Pacers. Kenny was involved with the Senior Citizen Club and Senior Services.. He lived the Golden Rule and loved God, his country and his family. He had many friends. He lived in harmony and died with dignity. Another one of the “greatest generation” has passed.. Survivors include his wife; children, Linda Gray and Mike (Karen) Perkins, both of Zionsville, and Libby (Tim) Malloris, of Germantown, Tennessee; stepchildren, Barbara Naugle, of Kentucky, and Kimberly Hensley, of Frankfort; grandchildren, J. Scott Caldwell, Brandon Perkins, of Beverly Hills, California, Brittany (Patrick) Labhart, of Greencastle, Dan (Kathy) Gray, of Zionsville, Joel Perkins-Cook and Chris Perkins-Cook, both of Naperville, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Jessica (John) Weaver of Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Reagan Labhart and Will Labhart; great-great-grandchildren, Layla Walker, Aiden Weaver and Peyton Weaver; and a brother, Roscoe (Lorraine) Perkins, of Lebanon.. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; a son, K. Frank Perkins; and siblings, Elliott Perkins, Josephine Perkins and Fern (Perkins) Farrow.. Family and friends gathered Friday, Nov. 21, for visitation and Saturday, Nov. 22, for a funeral service in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Kenny was laid to rest with military rites at Browns Wonder Cemetery in Lebanon.. Friends are invited to visit www.strawmyerdrury.com to sign his online register and leave a personal message.. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Boone County Senior Services, 515 Crownpointe Dr., Lebanon, IN 46052.
Published on  November 26, 2014
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