Herbert Perkins was the kind of man who tried to better serve his family, his community and his country, said his daughter, Kippy Perkins.
“He always wanted to serve in the best way he was able to do,” she said. “That’s something I have to admire.”
Herbert Perkins, 87, of Crown Point, died June 6. He was preceded in death by Margaret Perkins, his wife of 65 years.
Throughout the decades, he had a varied career. He served in the Navy during World War II, and met his future wife in Ireland during that time. He returned to the Navy later in life, and worked as a college program recruiter.
After World War II, he worked as a photojournalist and served as night editor for the Associated Press. He also worked in public relations.
He battled alcoholism, and then worked with friends to form the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism. He began volunteering for the group during the 1960s, and became a full-time counselor after he retired from the Navy. He retired as a counselor at age 75.
“He referred to his retirement as ‘The argument I lost,’” his daughter said. “He wanted to keep being productive and wanted to keep giving back.”
Perkins was also an amateur aviator, and owned his own small plane. He loved flying, and volunteered with the Civil Air Patrol.
He was a staunch Catholic and a liberal, and had worked for the Kennedy campaign.
“He got satisfaction from helping people, and said it was something both benefited from,” she said.
No matter what he did, he kept persevering, his daughter said.
“He always had a lot of challenges, and he battled the odds through much of his life,” she said. “But he was able to go on and keep reinventing himself.”