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Larry Perkins "Perk"


Larry G. Perkins "Perk,"
80, of Marion, passed away surrounded by family after battling Lewy body dementia on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Bickford Cottage in Marion. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. A memorial service will be held at
10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the funeral home. Private family inurnment
will take place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Larry was born March 27, 1938, in Ames, Iowa, to L. B. Perkins and Florence Green. Larry attended grade school in Ames until fourth grade and then moved to Jewell, Iowa. He and his family lived on a farm west of Jewell and he graduated from Jewell High School in 1957. Larry attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and graduated with his teaching degree in 1961. On June 17, 1961, in Gilbert, Iowa, Larry was united in marriage to Carol Joan Baldus.
He started his teaching career in June of 1961 and taught math, including algebra, advanced algebra and calculus, at Marion High School for the next 36 years, retiring in 1997. Larry received the National Science Foundation Scholarship from Dayton, Ohio, and earned his master's degree from the University of Dayton in 1968.
Along with teaching, Larry coached nearly every sport Marion had to offer — football, basketball, golf, track and baseball. In 1984, he went on to coach football for Coe College. As an offensive coordinator for Marion, he coached 12 state playoff teams in football, including the 1980 state championship. He was inducted into the Iowa Assistant Coaches Hall of Fame in 1980, Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and Marion Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. He also coached basketball and won the WAMAC district championship in 1972-1973. Larry returned to coaching with his sons from 1999 to 2012. He enjoyed time with his family camping, fishing and on the 50 to 60 trips to Canada with family and friends.
Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol Perkins; three sons, Tony and wife, Mychelle, Brad (Cheryl Steinke) and Nick and wife, Angela; six granddaughters, Whitney (Destiny), Shelby, Paige, Ava, Bailey and Rylee; three sisters, Andrea, Lorna (Black) Gabreil and Tina (Jim) Parrish; and four sisters-in-law, Sandy Perkins, Rosalie Olson, Linda (Ron) Ries and Jane Baldus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jerry Perkins.
Please feel free to donate to a Lewy body dementia charity or a charity of your choice in Larry's memory.
Please share a memory of Larry at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.