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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary: John Perkins

  • John W. Perkins, 66, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, after a long battle with GBM cancer. A memorial Mass was held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, Andice, Texas. A reception followed at the church. A visitation was held Monday, Dec. 17 with a Rosary at Ramsey Funeral Home, Georgetown, Texas.
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  • John W. Perkins, 66, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, after a long battle with GBM cancer. A memorial Mass was held Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, Andice, Texas. A reception followed at the church. A visitation was held Monday, Dec. 17 with a Rosary at Ramsey Funeral Home, Georgetown, Texas.
    He was born on April 7, 1946, in Kewanee. After graduating from Erie High School, he attended Lincoln Barber College and was a barber for seven years. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard. In 1968, he married Arlene Andrews at St. Ambrose Church, Erie. They lived in Cambridge for 11 years before settling in Geneseo. He became a machine operator at International Harvestor/Case IH New Holland in 1972. After retiring in 2003, he and Arlene left their home of 22 years in Geneseo and moved to Sun City, Georgetown, Texas, where they had purchased their home a year earlier.
    He enjoyed playing golf, working in the yard and spending time with friends and family. He was involved in a number of golf groups including the Bushwackers. He was a member of Santa Rosa Parish and was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus where he volunteered working at the Annunciation Home, helping with dinners and bingo.
    Survivors include by his wife of 44 years, Arlene; daughter, Joann Schuster and her husband, Tony of Saratonga Springs, N.Y.; son, J. Anthony Perkins and his wife, Michele of Chicago; daughter, Angela Quinlan and her husband, J.P. of Lewisville, Texas; nine grandchildren, Aiden, Evan and Olivia Schuster; Shea, Blake and Britton Perkins; and Lucas, Martin and Nolan Quinlan; brothers, Larry (Vicki) Perkins of Galva and Steve (Sue) Perkins of East Moline; half-brother, Augie Perkins; a special brother-in-law, Tom Andrews and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
    John was loved by many, both family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

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