Larry Ray Perkins, 75, of Ignacio, co, died peacefully at home Saturday, January 22, 2022, surrounded by his family. Larry was born March 3, 1946 in Odell, Nebraska.
Larry was a hard worker. He started driving a farm tractor on his Dad's pinto bean farm when he was only six years old. He graduated from Dove Creek High School in 1964. Larry was a Vietnam Veteran, serving in the Navy from April 1966 to November 1969 on the USS Valley Forge, a helicoptor carrier/amphibious assault ship. He met his wife, Linda, shortly after his discharge from the Navy. They married in 1970 and enjoyed 51 years of marriage together before his death. Larry was a Heavy Equipment Operator throughout his 40 year career, owning his own business in the oil field for 17 years. After his retirement in 2008, Larry enjoyed working on his property. He loved being out in the trees clearing and pruning the trees and cutting firewood. He always kept the wood shed full and loved building fires to keep the house warm in the winter. Larry was an avid hunter. Every fall he looked forward to the deer and elk hunts. He took up turkey hunting in his later years and spent many days out in the mountains with his wife, Linda, calling up turkeys. He enjoyed camping and riding ATV's in the mountains. His favorite time of day was waking up in the morning with a good cup of coffee and watching out the camper window for the "critters." Larry loved spending time with his family. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids. Many wonderful memories were made over the years with his family and friends.
The last four years of his life, Larry battled Metastatic Prostate Cancer as a result of Agent Orange Exposure from his service in Vietnam.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Freddie and Helen Perkins, his grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Ronnie Perkins; daughter, Debbie Perkins; daughter, Tammy (Shawn) Kennedy; four grandsons - Jeriah, Jesse, James, and Jason Kennedy; his sister Judy (DuWayne) Loudenburg, numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful dog Koda.
Larry will be laid to rest with military honors at a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made in Larry's name to the American Cancer Society.