In Memory of

Jack George Perrin

July 3, 1920 - August 26, 2010
Jack was born July 3, 1920, in Freeport, Illinois to Delbert D. Perrin and Mary Goodwin Perrin. He grew up in Cherokee, he attended I.C. Catholic School until 11th grade, graduating from Wilson High School in 1938. He attended Iowa State Teachers College, now U.N.I., for 3 1/2 years, leaving to enlist in the Air Force after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He married his high school sweetheart, June Andersen, on February 28, 1943 in Alpine, Texas, where Jack was in training. He was assigned to a B-17 air crew, as a Tail-Gunner, with the 8th Air Force, 390th Bomber Group and deployed to Farmlingham, England. Jack's plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Belgium on his first combat mission; however, the plane with the crew returned to England to fly 24 more combat missions. He served with distinction and was awarded the "Air" medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and 3 Battle Stars. When he was honorably discharged and returned home, he and June used his G.I. loan to start a family business, Perrin's Fur Farm. This modest beginning grew into present day Perrin and Son's Fur Farm Inc.; one of the well known Mutation Mink Farms in the United States. Jack held offices in Great Lakes Mink Association and EMBA, the Northwest Iowa Mink Breeders Assoc. and the Hawkeye Mink Marketing Group. He was active in them until health issues forced his retirement. Jack was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Parrish. He loved hunting, trapping and fishing and playing cards. He especially enjoyed his summers fishing at the family cabin in Canada. He was renowned for his ready wit and many stories shared with family and friends. He is survived by June, his wife of 67 years; four children, John (Donese) Perrin of Neosho, Mo., Tim (Pat) Johnson of Forest Lake, MN, Patty (Buck) Miller of North Sioux City, S.D., Jim (Brenda) Perrin of Cherokee and Diane (Chuck) Schmillen of Marcus; brothers Chuck (Dorothy) and Bud (Barb) of Cherokee and sisters Mary Fran Gates of Boynton Beach, Fl., Kathi McGowan of Destin, Fl. Sister-in-law Lavonne "Tootie" Perrin of Grenada Mississippi; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren: Michelle (Eric) Danielson and Caitlin, Conner, and Callie, Lt. Col. Jack D. (Shannon) Perrin and John, Todd, Samantha, and Thomas, Dr. Luke (Kristie) Perrin and Alexis and Teagan, Jim (Amy) Johnson and Carter, LS3 Beau (Michelle) Rose and Alexis, Jacob and Bailee, Judd Rose, Christopher (Melissa) Perrin and Blake, Tate, and Chase, Lyndsay (Brent) Wolfswinkel and Laney and Addison, Jamie Perrin, Nancy Perrin, Matthew (Tonia) Schmillen and Michael, John, and Cody, Steve Schmillen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Johnson in 1988; a grandson, Michael Schmillen; two brothers, Junebug (Delbert) and Dana, and a sister, Rosemary Roepke; sisters-in-law, Joyce Perrin and Rita Perrin; brothers-in-law, Bob McGowan and Wayne Roepke.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Monday, August 30, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Lt. Col. Jack Delbert Perrin Luke Perrin Chris Perrin Matt Schmillen Jim Johnson Steve Schmillen Judd Rose LS3 Beau Rose
Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. Sunday until 8:00 P.M. Sunday night with a prayer service starting at 7:00 P.M. at Greenwood Fuenral Home in Cherokee.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, IA Military services will be conducted by the Cherokee V.F.W. L. A. Wescott Post #2253


Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My heart goes out to you at the loss of such a grand man. His legacy will live on in each of you forever. He had a wonderful life filled with wonderful family and friends.”
- Carole Kirkpatrick
Friday, September 10, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Jim and family, I so wanted to be able to get back for your dad's funeral but distaince and timing just didn't come together. Just wanted you to know your all in my thoughts and prayers. What a long and amazing life he had!!”
- Brenda L. Husman
Friday, September 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Cris and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I loved Jack. I have a lot of GREAT memories of times with him and all of the family. He will be missed but he will always be loved,missed and remembered for the Father,and great man he was. Our Love, Doug”
- Doug Ellens
Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Thoughts and prayers go out to your family. So sorry to hear about Jack.”
- Craig & Bev Simonsen
Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To June and family. We send our sympathy to you and yours on the passing of Jack. He really enjoyed life to the fullest, and I know you have lots of good memories. You have our sympathy.”
- Dale & Helen Sturgeon
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Diane and family,
My prayers are wtih your whole family at this sad time. Remembering the good times will put a smile on your face.”
- Rose Ann Lennon
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My many memories of my Uncle Jack and family are great. I pray for all of you that you will get through this time of loss. He is now with his parents, siblings, daughter and grandson. I will miss him. Love you all.”
- Colleen K (Petersen) Trujillo
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM
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- Rose Ann Cosgrove Johnson
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers, thoughts, and deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone. ”
- Mark & Phyllis Schievelbein
Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“We would like to send our condolences to you June, and your family for the loss of Jack! I remember him and you and the mink ranch from years ago when I was a child. You and Jack were always fun to be around. I would come with Mom, Maryrose Perrin Forsythe to visit once and a while. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Pat (Forsythe) & Roger Leininger ”
- Pat (Forsythe) Leininge
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing;I work at Sports Rehab and always enjoyed visiting with Jack and June, such a wonderful couple;our prayers are with you all!”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“To the family of Jack, I am so sorry for your loss. June, I love you. Jack was my cousin. His father Del and my mother Maryrose were brother and sister. Del was the oldest and my mother was the youngest, she was the only girl from the marriage of Dana Robinson and Rose Dwyer Perrin. The tribute to Jack was great.xoxo”
- Jackie L. Brown
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I want to send my love & sympathy to June & Patty & the whole family. Jack & June were very close friends of my mom's, Bonnie Barnett. She spoke of them often & had so much fun many times with them. I spent time at the farm when younger & just thought it was such a special home. Some families just really have personality & a zest for life, & this is one of those families. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. An extra hug for June from Mom.”
- Susie (Ohlson) Wilson
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“if i was still alive and tim was still in business i would have asked june if we could take you down to the freezers before we called tim. I am really looking forward to having my fishing buddy with me again but in the same instance i am sorry for june and all your wonderful friends and familly. love Loyal”
- loyal r. martin
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with your family in this time of sorrow. Will miss bumping into Jack in far off places like FlinFlon Canada
Bradley and Deanna”
- Bradley J. Husman
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear June and Family - I have wonderful memories of you and Jack and your extended family and I offer my deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of this very special man.”
- Davilyn T. Eyolfson
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't get to know him well, but I do know he was very special to all of you and he will be greatly missed. I enjoyed my time with your family and getting the chance to meet Jack and get his unique take on life. God Bless you all.”
- Shelly Thornton
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jack certainly had an interesting and long life and we will always remember him.
Jeff & Queta Fishman”
- Jeffrey D. Fishman
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