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Alvan Edwin “Ed” Perkins

October 14, 2012 by

Alvan Edwin “Ed” Perkins, 84, of New Pine Creek, lost his valiant battle with prostate cancer on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview. He was encompassed in the love of family, friends and caregivers in his final days.
Ed was born in Oswego, Kan. on Aug. 12, 1928 to William and Edna (Kirby) Perkins. Growing up, he participated in countless small town escapades with his three older brothers. He always expressed gratitude to the citizens of Oswego who mentored and supported him when he lost his father at age three.
During his high school years he developed a love of the majestic west and Oregon when he spent his summers working for his Uncle Cy and Uncle Clinton, in Hood River. In 1946 he climbed to the top of Mt. Hood, an exciting adventure for a Kansas farm boy.
After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served two years in Korea as a member of the military police. He said he was fortunate that he never had to use his service revolver because he didn’t know how to load it or shoot it! On his return to the States, he enrolled in Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. where he completed his undergraduate studies in geography and education. It was at K.U. that he courted and married his beloved wife Betty Colleen (Robinson). After marrying, he and his wife moved to Wichita, Kan. and Ed was employed by Boeing Aircraft Co. In 1954, after the birth of two sons, Ed moved his young family to the west that he so loved. His family settled in Sanger, Calif. where Ed taught geography and added a daughter to his family. After earning a master’s degree in counseling from Fresno State University, he spent several years as a guidance counselor at Sanger High School and Fresno City College. He later served as the Dean of Counseling and Guidance at Fresno City College. During his years as a respected educator and counselor, he positively impacted the lives of countless students with his compassion, generosity and optimistic spirit.
After his retirement in 1990, Ed and Betty moved to New Pine Creek, a place he affectionately called his Oregon Outback. He marveled at the sunsets over Goose Lake, tended to his one acre garden and traveled to the far sides of the country and world with Betty by his side. He had an undying curiosity and love of nature, people and beautiful artifacts. He cherished his extended family and there were always surprises, merriment and lessons to be learned when grandchildren visited.
He is survived by his much loved wife Betty of New Pine Creek; son Steven Perkins of Fresno, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Roxanne Mora Perkins of Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Patti and Bill Carpenter of New Pine Creek; brothers William Perkins of Kettering, Ohio and Eldon Perkins of Atwater, Calif.; brother-in-law and wife Jerry and Roma Robinson of Sun City, Ariz.; grandchildren Drew, Dana, Erin and Evan Perkins, Lisa and Colton Carpenter, “adopted grandson” Rick Phillips and wife Heather; great-grandson Ethan Perez.
A Celebration of Life Service for Ed Perkins will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeview. A reception for friends and family will immediately follow the services in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake County Library Building Fund, 513 Center St., Lakeview 97630 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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