Walter R. Perkins, lifelong resident of Clinton, IL, passed away early Sunday morning with his family by his side. Walter was 94, a local artist and musician. Per his self-written obituary, he died at the bar when he choked on an olive in his martini.

Graveside services will be 2:30 P.M. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Pastor Tim Lusitana officiating and with Military Honors. Visitation will be held 1 – 2 P.M. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.


Walter was born February 25, 1922 to Fred and Jane Perkins. He married his wife of 55 years, August 24, 1945 in a ceremony officiated by his uncle, the Rev. E. L. Lawler, while on leave from the Army. They had one son, Larry Perkins.


Mr. Perkins retired after 30 years form Revere Copper and Brass, where he was a payroll accountant. He was a WWII veteran earning the Bronze Battle Star. He served as an Army Sargent in the Pacific Theater on Ryukus and Iwo Jima.


He was a member of the Clinton BPOE #785 since 1951. He also was a member of the American Legion Post #103, past president of the Clinton Ambucs Chapter and a life time member of the American Federation of Musicians.


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Dessa Goin and niece, Donna Page, both of Tucumcari, NM. He is survived by his son Larry and his daughter-in-law Janice.


Walter’s artistic talents have been showcased in various paintings, drawings, as well as stage props, and newsletters. He also did numerous drawings for his wife’s articles while she was a writer for the Herald & Review. His musical talents were enjoyed by many people over the years. He played at a high level with such musicians as Boots Randolf and Al Pierson as well as top area and local musicians. His musical talents are continued on by his son, Larry.


Walter out lived most of his friends, but those left will miss him dearly, as will his family.


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