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Francis Mathew Perkins

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Perkins, Francis Mathew, 90, died as a resident of Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home, Land O Lakes, Fla. on Aug. 20, 2012. He was the oldest son of Eleanor McBride and Willard Perkins, former residents of Wadena.

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Survivors include Margaret Wetzstein Perkins (Wife), of Tampa, Leo (Deborah) of Montana, Rosemary (Don) of Ashby, Fla., Teresa (Jim)Jarrels of Georgia, Moria Giley of Florida; as well as 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Francis was born in Wadena, Minn. Nov. 4, 1921, and was the oldest of ten children. He was a proud veteran of WWII (Persian Gulf Command), serving in transportation and supply on the Burma Road. He was also an early entrepreneur of owner-operator trucking services, as well as a life-long learner, educator and mentor to many.

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