Homer J. Perkins

May 9, 2012

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Homer J. Perkins, 87, of 347 Thompson Blvd., passed away Wednesday, May 9, at his home under the care of Hospice of Jefferson county and his family. 

Born Sept. 27, 1924, in Watertown, a son of Allen S. and Ida I. Zimmer Perkins, he graduated from Watertown High School. 

In 1943, he entered the Army becoming a solder with the 877th Combat Airborn Engineers. He received three bronze stars, four campaign ribbons and was an expert marksman with the Thompson Sub Machine Gun and the Colt 45. He was honorably discharged in 1946. 

He married Carolyn I. Cramer on Feb. 17, 1946, at the First Baptist Church in Watertown. Mrs. Perkins died April 30, 2011. 

Mr. Perkins was the president of the Black River Paper Company until his retirement in 1989 after 29 years. 

Mr. Perkins was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Watertown and is a current member of the Adams Village Baptist Church. 

He was the past president of the Watertown Rotary Club, WPBS, Watertown City Board of Education, American Baptist Churches of New York State, the Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA and the LeRay Mansion Preservation Committee. He served on the boards of the Jefferson County Advisory Board, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of American. Mr. Perkins was the Jefferson County Fire Coordinator for the City of Watertown, a member of the Masonic Lodge , Toastmasters, Jefferson County Jail Hearing Committee and was a certified instructor and driver for the Sea Shore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

Surviving are a son and his wife, Stewart and Sally, Watertown; two daughters and their husbands, Carol and Alex Neubert, Canton, and Ellen and Russ Green, Rutland, Vt.; seven grandchildren, Steven and Sara Perkins, Scott and Shelly Perkins, Sarah Neubert, Rebecca and Jeff Hill, Martha Neubert, Ben Green, Rachel and Tom Cosgrove; six great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Carl and Betty Perkins, Vernon, N.Y., and Ray and Leslie Perkins, Texas; several nieces and nephews. 

A brother, Merlin Perkins, and a sister, Marian Rima, both died before him. 

The Perkins family would like to thank Louise, Nichole, Diane, Connie, Kim and Bonnie for all of the good care they gave to Mr. Perkins. 

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11,  at D.L Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the funeral home with Rev. Bud Masters officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. 

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, NY 13601 or to Adams Village Baptist Church, 24 E. Church Street, Adams NY 13605. 

Condolences may be made to www.dlcalarco.com

Information provided by D.L. Calarco Funeral Home and Newzjunky.com, Watertown