Gary Perkins

Died: April 6, 2021
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Gary Dean Perkins, 77, of Venice, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Sarasota, FL. He was born in Zalma, MO to August and Ethel Perkins in 1943.  Gary attended Wood River High School and then joined the Navy, serving from 1962 to 1966. After leaving the Navy, he married Carla in 1968 and joined Shell Oil Company where he worked until his retirement.  Gary was a member of American Legion Post 159 in Venice, FL. He enjoyed boating,  cars, and riding his motorcycle. Gary had a great sense of humor and will be remembered for his grin and friendly conversation with everyone he met.

Gary is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carla Perkins of Venice, FL, daughter Tracy Perkins of Jekyll Island, GA, son Brian Perkins of Wood River, IL, sister Louise LeClaire of Cottage Hills, and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brothers Leo, Allen, and Eugene.

There will be a graveside service held on April 30 at Sarasota National Cemetery 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 at 11:00 AM.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Aphasia Community Center in Sarasota.

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Date: Friday, April 30, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sarasota National Cemetery


9810 State Road 72, , Sarasota, FL, 34241


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June 16, 2012
Lake Time with Uncle Gary and Aunt Carla
Lake Time with Uncle Gary and Aunt Carla
Died: April 6, 2021

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Betty Mitchell posted on 4/26/21

Dear Carla and Family. Carla and Gary were the first couple we met at our first meeting at Sarasota Memorial Hospital of the Suncoast Aphasia Support Group after my husband had a stroke in 2005. What a friendship that became; many cruises together highlighted by a 30 day cruise to the Med and a recent cruise to Cuba before Gary became too sick to travel. The activities we shared were many and I will always cherish those of my happiest days living in Sarasota. Gary was a fighter to get better and will always admire that part of him; rest in peace my friend.


Kathy Karlas posted on 4/23/21

Dear Carla and family, I am so sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. I didn’t know if he was sick or what happened but deeply saddened. Kenny and I along with our kids thought the world of him. Kenny enjoyed Gary’s friendship since he was a young kid living on Jennings in Wood River. I was thrilled to get to know him better during the days of He and Kenny having the Carlot. I loved his stories he use to tell Kenny and I and we also loved having dinner with the two of you after we would all get off work. I always thought you and Gary made the cutest couple. Gary was always talking about you and the kids and you could just see the love he had for you all. Also Carla I was so touched when Gary stopped by my house a couple years ago when he was in town to tell me how sorry he was that I had lost Kenny and Mikey. He was such a dear sweet guy and My heart breaks for all of you to have to go through this. Please take care Carla.💞


David H Smith posted on 4/22/21

I am so sad to hear about Gary passing! We were best friends and grew up together in Hartford Illinois! We had so much fun growing up together, we were on the Gymnastics team at EAWR High School! John Cates was our coach, we got beat 60 to 2 our first meet with Roxana and only lost by 2 points the second time! The next year we beat them! Carla, Brian and Tracy, you have my sincere condolences! May He Rest In Peace


Gina Branch posted on 4/19/21

Dear Carla, Tracy & Brian, Thinking of all of you & remembering fun times with you. Gary will truly be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, All of the Cafazza kids & Roseann ( Robien) Stice


Kevin Doak posted on 4/19/21

Carla so sorry for your loss! I was just wondering about Gary awhile back. Prayers to you and your family


Denny Line posted on 4/18/21

Gary was a great person with a lot of practical wisdom and propensity for helping and, working well with others. I often had wonderful conversations with him and still remember the stories he told me and the knowledge he was so willing to share. He will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Gary...your friend Denny Line


Marilyn Younger Prickett posted on 4/18/21

So sorry to hear of a dear cousin's death. We had some good times living in Hartford and going to high school together. It was a funny day when we found out we were cousins. Gary was one of the nicest guys to have known. Always with a smile. He will definitely be missed by many but blessed many while he was here on earth. Condolences to all he left behind who loved him dearly.


Dezina Tumulty posted on 4/16/21

Uncle Gary was one of the greatest influences in my life. Many of my memories from childhood thru adulthood included him. Working at his car lot to wash and detail cars from age 14, babysitting Tracy when she was little, “buying” several of my cars from him at such reasonable prices they were nearly free. Spending many summers in his swimming pool, family reunions, vacationing at their Lake of the Ozarks condos, many boat rides in our boat and his boat, moving them to Florida when they were building their dream home, and many trips to visit them there, just to spend time with them. We loved going out to eat, anywhere that had fresh seafood...but, eating raw oysters with him while Aunt Carla grimaced was always fun! Searching for shark teeth and shell hunting at the various beaches, listening to live music and sipping on cold beer, all the while listening to his stories of life. Of course, I also have lots of laughs over the trip to Cancun with on crutches from extensive knee surgery, boarding the busses that only stopped for 30 seconds, launching me through the air and he caught my crutches while Aunt Carla pulled me into the seat! He laughed so hard! Life was always fun when Uncle Gary was around. He made sure of it.


Greg LeClaire posted on 4/8/21

Gary Perkins is my uncle. He is a wonderful, brilliant and caring person. He gave me my first job at his carlot when I was in high school back in the 80's. He was a boxer in the Navy and always had great stories to share. He is a loving husband and father. I still remember the surprise call he made to me last year. It was after he found out he had cancer. Love and miss you Uncle Gary.