LOUDON - Kendall Lee Perkins, 77, of Loudon, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, following a lengthy illness. He passed away peacefully in the company of his loving children.
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Kendall was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Rochester, son of the late Ralph and Olivine (Barry) Perkins. He began his career in the military in November of 1953 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served three years of active duty with the Marines, followed by four years inactive and then joined the United Stated Army in August of 1960. Kendall proudly served his country in Vietnam, Korea and Germany and traveled the world extensively throughout his time with the armed forces. He worked his way up through the ranks during his 20-plus years of service, eventually retiring as first sergeant in April of 1978.
Kendall could fix anything and he was incredibly skilled with small engine repair and electronics. He enjoyed undertaking large projects, such as finding old broken down pieces of heavy equipment, taking them apart and restoring them to working condition. He also once participated in the complete restoration of an antique saw mill. Kendall used these skills and his selflessness to help anyone who needed a hand. He gave of himself endlessly, built homes for his children and repaired vehicles for family and friends, all while never expecting compensation or recognition in return. Kendall enjoyed his solitude and the outdoors and he deeply loved his dogs, often spending his time walking them through the woods.
Kendall is survived by his daughter, Tricia Abbott of Loudon, and his son, Kendall L. Perkins Jr. of Loudon; their former spouses, whom Kendall loved like they were his own children, Jeff Abbott and Shannon Perkins; his grandchildren, Jeff Abbott Jr., Justin Abbott, Kendall W. Perkins and Anna Marie Perkins; his sister, Barbara Gwinn of Las Cruces, N.M.; and his former spouse and close friend, Patricia Perkins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Perkins; and his very dear cousin, James Langevin.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. at the New Hampshire State Veteran Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.
The Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Boscawen office, is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information, log on to csnh.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Mar. 28, 2014