2018-02-22 / Obituaries

Charles Perkins

February 13, 2018

Charles Perkins Charles Perkins Charles “Chuck” Gary Perkins, 69, of Stevensville, PA, tragically passed away due to an accident in the woods on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Chuck was born on March 4, 1948 in Montrose, PA, the son of the late John David Perkins, who passed away on Feb. 24, 1986, and Rose Minnette Webster Perkins, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2012.

He was valedictorian of Montrose High School, Class of 1966. After high school, Chuck continued his education at the Pennsylvania State University, receiving a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. Chuck worked for the USDA as county manager in northeastern Pennsylvania. He also owned and operated Perkins (Christmas) Tree Farm in Stevensville for more than 30 years. He loved to contribute his special part of the Christmas celebrations to families spanning generations and distant locations.

On Dec. 17, 1977, Chuck married the former Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Place, and together they had two sons, Seth and Adam. Chuck was a member of the Rome Presbyterian Church, he was an Elder, Deacon, and Corner Presbytery with the church’s Permanent Judicial Committee. He enjoyed volunteering his time to Hezekiah’s Hands doing construction missionary work locally and elsewhere. Chuck was a member and Past Master of Warren Lodge #240 F.&A.M. in Montrose.

Chuck loved to travel and visit national parks, most recently traveling to Olympic National Park with his granddaughter, Minnette. His biggest adventure was Nepal to visit his son, Adam, in the Peace Corps, (it is here the above picture was taken during a welcoming ceremony).

In school, Chuck took pride in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, trombone and choir. Chuck had a personal lifelong calling in planting native trees, conserving wetlands and maintaining wildlife habitat. Chuck gave everything of himself to his family, friends, community and those who needed him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Debbie Perkins, of Stevensville; his two sons, Seth Hunter Perkins and his wife, Kathryn of Seattle, WA, and Adam Richlin Perkins and his partner, Anna Burgess of Bowdoinham, ME; grandchildren, Minnette Reilly Perkins, John Hunter Perkins and Simon Charles Perkins. Also surviving are his siblings, James Perkins (Marcia) of Hallstead, Thomas Perkins (Marsha) of Hallstead, Eileen Baessler (Bruce) of Montrose, Sally Lima (Luis) of Montrose; sister-in-law, Vivian Perkins of Endicott, NY; brothers-in-law, Chuck Place (Brenda) of South Auburn, Eric Place (Linda) of South Auburn; father-in-law, Alfred Place of South Auburn, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Perkins, who passed on July 2, 2016; mother in law, Barbara Place, who passed on Feb. 21, 2013 and sister in-law, Mary Ann Place, who passed on Jan. 27, 2014.

Funeral services for Chuck were held on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Wyalusing with Reverend Dr. Karen Ballard of the Rome Presbyterian Church and Father Joseph Manarchuck of St. Mary’s officiating. Interment followed at Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Family and friends called at the Sheldon Funeral Home, 155 Church Street, Wyalusing, on Friday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Helping Hands Food Pantry, PO Box 233, Wyalusing, PA 18853; T.A.C.O. Food Pantry, PO Box 463, Wysox, PA 18854 or Hezekiah’s Hands, 5 Court Street, Towanda, PA 18848.

Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.

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