James F. "Perk" Perkins of San Luis Obispo passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 8, 2014, in his home surrounded by his loving wife and daughter. Born in 1931 to Foster (Bud) and Bertha Perkins in Madison, Wis., James attended both grade and high school in Loves Park, Ill. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and was stationed in San Diego, where he met his wife Nadeen on a blind date; they married and had two children, Rick in 1952 and Rhonda in 1954. James was also a veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1957 with a degree in Pharmacy. James and his family returned to Calif. in 1963 and he purchased the Pharmacy at the San Luis Obispo Clinic, which became known as The Martar and Pestle; he owned and operated it for 30 years. He also worked part-time for Payless, Rite Aid and Dana Nelson's Health Plus Pharmacy until in retired in 2006. Jim was very active in night-time Kiwanis for 40 years, as well as the Elk's Club, American Legion and Caballeros de San Luis Obispo, as a Viejo member since 1968. He had many friends and enjoyed life. He and Nadeen enjoyed boating, skiing and dune buggying. They took several trips with the Kawanis to Big Sky and Steamboat Springs, as well as cruises to Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean. They also traveled to England and Scotland in 2003. Jim is survived by his wife Nadeen; and daughter Rhonda. He was preceded in death by his son, Rick in 1965. A memorial graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, at Old Mission Cemetery, 101 Bridge Street, San Luis Obispo. The family requests donations in his name be made to the
or the American Legion.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 17, 2014