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Lt. Col. Walton F. Perrine, Jr., U.S.A.F. (Ret) 89, of Viera, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge.
He was born in Newburgh, New York and a graduate of Texas A&M University and was a Lt. Colonel U.S.A.F. (Ret). Walt moved to Brevard County in July of 1993 from Homestead, FL to live in The Indian River Colony Club in Viera. They arrived after rebuilding their home, which was damaged in hurricane Andrew. Homestead was home for 16 years after Walt retired from a 30 year career in the military.
Walt has been a legal resident of Florida since 1956, but lived in many locations. Walt was assigned to Tampa, Sarasota, and Venice during WW II. His over seas duty was in the Pacific theater, after his marriage to Helen in 1950, they were assigned to Panama City. They lived in Tallahassee while Walt was in graduate school at F.S.U. in 1951. Homestead was their home while assigned to Homestead A.F.B., 1956 to 1960.
Walt and Helen worked in the polling place in every election since moving to Brevard. They were active in St. Mary's Catholic Church and took part in many activities at The Indian River Colony Club.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; and four daughters, Debbie Nerland of Anchorage, Alaska, Patricia Vaughn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jan Marie Bolasky of Tucson, Arizona, Elizabeth Christensen of Cary, North Carolina; and two sons, Walton Francis Perrine III of Torrance, California and John Eric Perrine of Costa Mesa, California; and sister Virginia E. O'Connell of Durham, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren and 5 1/2 and 1/2 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Monday, October 15, 2012, from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M., at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rockledge, FL, with funeral mass to follow at 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, with Full Military Honors by United States Air Force at 2:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Texas A&M former students association.
You may sign Walt's guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamson.com.
Beckman Williamson Funeral Home - Viera
5400 Village Drive
Viera, FL 32955
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