Burke Perkins

1924 - 2013


Burke Perkins

July 22, 1924 — July 23, 2013

Burke Perkins, 89, of Athena, passed away July 23, 2013. Burke was born in Pendleton on July 22, 1924, to Clyde M. and Loris R. Perkins.

A lifelong resident of Umatilla County, Burke graduated from Pendleton High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1946 after serving aboard a transport ship, the USS Kershaw. Burke married Mary Jean Hale of Helix on March 23, 1946. The couple lived on the Hale family farm at Sand Hollow until 1953 then moved to Gerking Flat. Burke farmed and ranched in the area for 60 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and later became an “addicted” team roper, enjoying many events in the Northwest.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1999; his parents; and brother, Oral. He is survived by his sister, Donna Perkins of Pendleton; his son Mark (Jan) Perkins of Athena; daughter, Orla (Lloyd) Knight of Hammett, Idaho; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Athena Cemetery under the direction of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton Freewater. Those who wish may make contributions to the Umatilla County Historical Society through Munselle-Rhodes, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, or a charity of your choice.

To leave a condolence online visit: www.munselle rhodes.com.


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