Forrest W. Perkins, of Marinette, died Friday, March 14, 2014. He was born January 11, 1932 in Marinette to Ralph and Lolita (Richards) Perkins.
"Perk" graduated from Marinette High School and then enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He completed lithographer's school and worked as a printer in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and later was assigned to serve aboard the USS Jason in the Pacific and was based in Guam. After completing his stay in the Navy, he attended college at Stout in Menomonee, Wis., where he met and married Donna Bartenbach of Lake Geneva, his wife of 59 years. He worked many years in the Milwaukee area, eventually returning to Marinette where he built homes for over a decade. He is best known for his business, Perk's Cabinetry, which he owned for 35 years before he retired at age 73.
Forrest is survived by his wife, Donna; sons: Tony (Annette) of Milwaukee and Evan (Linda) of Winona, Minn.; sisters: Doris Rice of Friendship, Wis. and Shirley Borst of Marion, Iowa; a brother, Richard, of Russellville, Ark.; and four grandchildren: Preston, Forresta, Erin and Emily. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Ralph, Jr. and Donald; and a sister, Loraine Parczick.
Private services will be held at a future date, as requested by Forrest.
His family would like to thank the medical staff at Bay Area Medical Center and NEW Care in Crivitz for their care of Forrest.
"If you didn't get Perk's price, you're too late!"
Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home is assisting the family.