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Memorial services for Stephen Harold “Steve” Perkins, 84, of Battle Creek, MI and Tulsa, OK, were held Friday, September 22, 2023, at Johnson Funeral Chapel in Sperry, OK. Michael Stanley and Rebecca Perkins officiated, and burial was in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI. A Celebration of Life service will be held, Sunday, October 8, 2023, 4 PM - 7 PM at Squirrel Hollow Golf Course, in Battle Creek, MI.
Steve was born January 4, 1939, in Stockton Springs, ME, to Harold Keyes Perkins and Rebecca (Hathaway) Perkins. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his children on September 18, 2023, in Tulsa, OK.
Steve was the “favorite baby brother”. He joined the Air Force right out of high school and loved his time as a radio operator in Germany. After returning home, he started his journey following his big sister, Ann Marie Avery around the United States. In Oklahoma, Steve met the love of his life, Rose Lea Washington. Steve and Rose later married and instantly became a father to Bobby Joe and Michael Ray. They quickly added to their family with Harold Courtney Perkins. Their family was then blessed with a red-headed little girl, Toni Lynn. Finally, the last child to complete their family was Rebecca Ann.
Steve and the family then moved to Michigan, where he called home for most of his adult life. He met many friends, coworkers, and family along the way. Steve enjoyed golf, nights at the Moonrakers, trips to Vegas, and spending time with his family. After retirement, Steve enjoyed golfing, which he would say “I am going to “work”.”. He also enjoyed casino trips in which he called “therapy”. Steve was loved by all who knew him, especially his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is survived by his children, Michael Ray Stanley, Harold Courtney Perkins, Toni Lynn Brock and husband, Matthew, and Rebecca Ann Perkins; grandchildren, Stephanie Johnston, Jennifer Rocho, Shane Landsberry, Stephen “Keith” Perkins and wife, Elizabeth, Leah Perkins, Brandon Perkins and wife, Summer, Alyssa Broughton and husband, Travis, Patrick Mayo and wife, Taylor, and Zachary Hummel and wife, Sarah; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bobby Joe Stanley, Jr.; grandson, Matthew Louis Rocho, Jr.; parents, Harold and Rebecca Perkins; sister, Ann Avery; brothers, Roger Perkins and Peter Perkins.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry.
Online condolences to the family can be made at johnsonsperry.com.
Memorial donations in Steve's memory can be made to the following organizations,
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 6704
Hagerstown, MD 21741
By phone at 1-800-227-2345
or at https://donate.cancer.org/
The Coffee Bunker
6365 E. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135
or at www.coffeebunker.org/tribute-donations