Loses Don Perkins who passed away on Friday, 19-Nov-10
Don Perkins, a member of the Bowman Field Senior Squadron passed away Friday
evening, November 19, 2010. Don 82, who after a gallant struggle, lost his
three-year battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at
Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany.
Don lived a long and fruitful life. He served in the United States Navy and
the Air Force and was a World War II veteran. He went on to obtain an
aeronautical engineering degree from Parks College of St. Louis University
and then worked for Westinghouse Aerospace. He later cofounded Amatrol Inc.
with his wife Roberta and built it from a startup business into a
manufacturer of technology education systems that are sold world-wide. His
children joined him in building and operating a family business that was
just named the 2010 Indiana State Chamber of Commerce's "Small Business of
the Year." He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta "Bobbie" Perkins.
Survivors include his three children, Paul Perkins (Kimberly), of
Sellersburg, IN, Todd Perkins (Michelle), of Georgetown, IN and Suzanne
Allen (Aaron), of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Maria Perkins, Katie
Perkins, Jacob Perkins, Megan Perkins, Amelia Allen and Kathleen Allen; and
a half brother, James Campbell.
Through his genealogical interests and ancestry, Don was a member of the
Sons of the American Revolution (past president), First Families of Kentucky
(founding member), First Families of Tennessee, War of 1812 Society, Fort
Boonsboro Society and the Magna Carta Society.
Don was also a member of the U of L Speed School Engineering Advisory Board,
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and other professional
Don was previously a member of the
Civil Air Patrol decades before renewing his interest and membership by
joining the Bowman Field Senior Squadron in January 2006. He served as the
squadron's Administrative Officer and most recently as the squadron's
Aerospace Officer. He also served on the hangar and building committees and
did quite a bit of work in trying to secure permanent quarters and a hangar
for the squadron. Below are some pictures from Don's time with the squadron.
I recently received some family photographs of Don
and have posted them on another page. To see them, click on the image of Don
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