Carl Clifford Perkins Jr. 1921 - 2010 Prairie Village
Funeral services Carl Clifford Perkins Jr., 88, of Prairie Village, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
Mr. Perkins died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his home.
He was born Nov. 20, 1921, in Lawrence, the son of Carl C. Sr. and Lillian Wilson Perkins. Following graduation from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, he attended Kansas University, where he studied mechanical engineering and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering in 1943.
Upon graduation, Mr. Perkins volunteered to join the Army Air Corps, where he trained as a pilot and served until he was honorably discharged in 1946. Following military service, he worked as a research mechanical engineer in the Kansas City area, including time spent at TWA, Midwest Research Institute, Butler Manufacturing and at AT&T, from which he retired in 1987.
While in the service, Mr. Perkins developed a lifelong enthusiasm for aviation, and following his discharge he became a master builder and flier of model airplanes. He won a number of awards in national and international competition and also enjoyed inventing new parts for his airplanes. He was a member of the Heart of America Free Flight Association, through which he volunteered at the Ozanam Foundation. His other hobbies included raising German shepherds and solving all manner of puzzles.
Mr. Perkins was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois, sister Laura Aleta, and son Carl III.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Bobbie; his children, Brian, Janet and Bruce Perkins, all of Lawrence; two stepdaughters, Lisa Nason and husband Todd, and Janell Jones, all of Prairie Village; eight grandchildren, Nicole Jacobsen, Casey Perkins, Amanda Perkins, Carl Perkins IV, Sylvy Kehrlis, Abbey Perkins, Natalie Perkins and Whitney Perkins; three stepgrandchildren, Anna Jones, and Zach and Zoe Nason; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will meet friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Village Presbyterian Church or Ozanam Foundation.