March 4, 1938 - March 24, 2009
BEAVER CITY -- Darel Dean Perkins, 71, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., formerly of the Stamford and Beaver City area, died Tuesday (March 24, 2009) at his home in Minnesota after a short battle with cancer.
He was born March 4, 1938, at Beaver City to Herman and Beth (Andrews ) Perkins. He grew up in Furnas County, graduating in 1955 from Beaver City High School.
He married Mary Williams on June 21, 1955, at Precept Community Church at Precept. They farmed west of Stamford for about 31 years. They were awarded the "Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year" award by Nebraska Gov. James Exon in 1974. They moved to Minnesota in 1987, were he was load-out manager and personal representative of Speedway Trucking. He worked at the St. Paul, Minn., Stock Yards for 15 years. During the last years of his life, he worked in carpentry and yard services and traveled to the Stamford and Beaver City areas to help his son, Lynn, with the farming operation.
He was a member of the Furnas County Livestock Association, the Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minn., and former member of Friendship Center Church at Beaver City. He served as the director of the County
Livestock Association and served as president of the Stamford School Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Sylvester, sister, Geraldine Christensen and brother-in-law, Paul Christensen.
Survivors include his wife, Mary of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; sons, Lynn Perkins and wife, Bonnie of Beaver City, Calvin Perkins and wife, Joan of Beaver City and Kurt Perkins and wife, Anitta of Cottage Grove, Minn.; daughters, Marlene and husband, Russ Pfeil of Alma and Kim and husband, Jeff Zottnick of Eagan, Minn.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at Celebration Church in Lakeville, Minn., on Thursday.
A second service will be Saturday at 10 a.m., at First Christian Church in Beaver City with the Rev. Bonnie Perkins of Friendship Center officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Creek Cemetery in rural Beaver City.
Viewing and visitation will be Friday from 1-8 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of local arrangements.