Wendell Floyd Perks, 93, of El Dorado, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Lakepoint Nursing Center in Augusta. A family graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Arlington, Kansas Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at the First Christian Church in El Dorado, Saturday, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carlson’s.
He was born Nov. 19, 1919 in Hutchinson, the son of Floyd Harrison and Ada Della (Kenney) Perks. He graduated from Hutchinson High School and attended 2 years of college. He enlisted in the Army and proudly served from 1941 until 1945 in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Following active duty Wendell served in the Army Reserves as First Lieutenant until 1957. May 22, 1946 he was married to Elizabeth Marie Guyer in Hutchinson. They celebrated 65 years of marriage before Elizabeth’s death in 2011. Wendell was employed by the Gas Service Company and worked in sales and marketing. He was transferred to the El Dorado office in 1959 from Arkansas City. He retired after 36 years. He was active in the First Christian Church as a deacon and elder, and was a member of the Victory Sunday School Class. He was a charter member of the Bluestem Kiwanis Club and served as president and lieutenant governor. Wendell enjoyed playing golf, working in his tool shed, taking his children on vacations and later traveling extensively in retirement with his wife. His family was very important to him and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
Those who survive include: his children and their spouses, Jeanne and Bob Meyer of El Dorado, Wendell Perks, Jr. and Linda Blossom of Interlaken, N.Y., Joann and Jim Hays of Pratt, and Phyllis and Dennis Stackley of Parker, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Kevin (Erin) Meyer, Eric (Darcy) Meyer and Janett Meyer, Jeremy Perks, Jennifer (Michael) Dembowski, Jamie Hays-Szelc (Paul), Jackie and Jeda Hays, Charity (Justin) Anderson, Aaron (Lisa) Stackley, Michael (Raven) Stackley and Sarah Stackley; 10 great grandchildren; five nieces; sister-in-law, Wilma Perks Welch of Hutchinson; and brother, Jerry Perks of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dean Perks; and sister, Eva Clare Yake and wife, Elizabeth.
Memorials in his memory for First Christian Church may be left with Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado, which is handling the arrangements.