Walter L. Perkins, 96, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Friday, August 31, 2018, at his residence. Funeral services will be 12:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1011 S 3rd Avenue, Marshalltown, due to tornado repairs scheduled for Thursday at Anderson Funeral Homes. A visitation will be from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the services, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will be in Dobson Cemetery, rural Garwin, IA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Iowa River Hospice. Anderson Funeral Homes has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Walter was born on October 16, 1921, to William and Maude (Petrie) Perkins in Marshalltown. He grew up in Marshalltown and attended Marshalltown schools. Walter served his country during World War II with the United States Army. Part of his time in the service was spent in Newfoundland. After he returned from the war, he was united in marriage to Margaret Scovill on February 2, 1946. They were blessed with two children, Steven and Kenny. He started working for the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway in 1952, retiring from the Chicago and North Western Railroad in 1983. He was a member of the American Legion. Walter had fond memories of time spent in Oakville, IA, with his wife, Margaret, and camping and fishing with family who lived there. He also enjoyed fishing and camping in Decorah, IA, hunting, going to the casino, and spending time with family and friends. His only grandchild, Lisa, was very special to him and they spent a lot of time together in her childhood. Walter made sure that people were well fed. He will be remembered for making delicious pies and goodies and sharing them with friends. He always had candy to hand out and on Halloween, he handed out the big candy bars.
Walter is survived by his son, Steven (Marcia) Perkins of Marshalltown; granddaughter Lisa (Joe) Huff of Anaheim, CA; great granddaughters Macy and Marin Huff of Anaheim; special friend Julie Mayer of Marshalltown; sister-in-law Mary Helen (Jerry) Stanton of Hutchinson, KS; brother-n-law Robert Scovill of Marshalltown; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a son, Kenny Perkins; parents William and Maude; two brothers, Hank (Annabelle) Perkins and Lester (Shirley) Perkins; sister, Violet (Alfred) Eash; brothers-in-law Donald Scovill and Jim (Alice) Scovill; and sister-in-law Shirley Scovill.
The family would like to thank Iowa River Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. They would also like to thank Walter's special friend, Julie, for all that she has done for him.
My kids and lived in the duplex north of Walter. When I couldn't find Joey, I knew where he was... at Walter's house. When Lexi was able to walk she would be over there too.
I knew you only as Leo, perhaps that's what the middle initial was. Shared a lot of fun times on the Chicago and Northwestern RR. You ran a good locomotive... Happy Tracks to our Lord in Heaven.
We will all miss visiting you on Halloween to get those big candy bars! As a child you ALWAYS had a quarter in your pocket for each of us. I remember swinging on the swing between the garages. There's even a picture of Andrea and I standing by that swing as kids. We used to love playing "bar" at your bar in the middle room. So many wonderful memories. You will be greatly missed by many Uncle Walter! Aunt Margaret is waiting for you! Your great niece, Erica
Death leaves a heartache no one can steal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Hold on to those precious memories for they will remain forever in your heart.
Thinking of you ,
uncle Walter You were truly Blessed to be on this Earth for 96 Years and created and shared so many memories, fought so many battles and survived , traded so many cars,and touched so many lives, best pies ever, always had candy ,great pancake breakfasts on campouts, stories you told about your life,being stubborn, all those memories will live on as you now are at peace telling everyone how much they are loved and missed by us all. BLESS YOU LOVE YOU YOUR ELDEST NIECE JEAN
My prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow. Walt was a great person who loved his granddaughter and greatgrandchildren very much. You never went to visit that he wasn't ready with a updated on how they were all doing. He kept track of his friends too, he cared about people. Ill miss the fudge, he always seemed to whip up at the right time. He and Kenny would always batter on whose receipe was the best. They were all good, and when Margaret made noodles everybody wanted to be there. He always made sure you had a cold drink in his refrigerator. His home grown tomatoes were the best. The camping trips to Decorah were fun. When he talked about Nova Scotia during the war it was interesting he had made life long friends. He will be missed.
Steve and Marcia I am so sorry for you loss. I am thinking of you both
Sorry to see this. Thinking of you and Steve.
Steve and Marcia, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family.
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