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Luther Gale Perkins
Luther Gale PerkinsPerkins Piper VagabondLuther Gale Perkins, 83 of Richwood died Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 11, 1938 in Richwood to the late Charles Harden and Goldie (Hickok) Perkins. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Marvin and Duane Perkins, and a granddaughter, Rachel Perkins.

On June 26, 1959 in Claibourne he married the former Marilyn Wilson, and she survives in Richwood.

He attended Richwood High School where he was active in track and band. Gale graduated from The Ohio State University with a teaching degree in English and Social Studies.

Gale taught at Eber Baker Middle School in Marion for 11 years and later at North Union High School for 20 years. Gale was active in the First Baptist Church of Richwood, serving on boards and singing in the choir. He enjoyed singing gospel songs with his sons. He earned his pilotís license while a student at OSU and could often be seen flying his yellow Vagabond above Richwood.

Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Alan (Charlene) Perkins, Bay Village; Gary (Laura) Perkins, Richwood; Kevin (Wendy) Perkins, Richwood; Eleven grandchildren, Grace, David and Jonathan Perkins, Columbus; Daniel Perkins, Athens; Steven Perkins, Columbus; Andrew Perkins, Columbus; Jessica Perkins, Richwood; Zachary Perkins, Marion; Joshua Perkins, Marion; Emily Perkins, Charlotte, NC; Sarah Perkins, Chicago; and a sister, Ann Perkins, Hagerstown, MD.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, Richwood with Rev. Alan Perkins and Pastor Brian Owens officiating. Burial will follow in Claibourne Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, November 1, 2021 from 5 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

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Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church, 101 E. Ottawa Street, Richwood, OH 43344.

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#1 from: Rona Penix
Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 9:16 PM

So sorry to hear of Mr Perkins passing .My thoughts and prayers are with you!

#2 from: johna nibert
Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 11:20 PM

So sorry  to hear of Gale passing. Your family has my sympathy

#3 from: Candra
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 1:07 AM

Iím so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for grief.

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#5 from: Chris & Jim Blue
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 9:57 AM

So sorry to hear of Galeís passing.  Prayers for his family.

#6 from: Pam
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 2:55 PM

So sorry for your loss he was a great man and teacher

#7 from: Lynne S Ledley
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 6:07 PM

So sorry to hear of Gale's passing.  I always enjoyed reading his articles about growing up in Richwood in the Gazette over the years.  He was always enjoyed coming to the alumni banquet to celebrate with his classmates.

#8 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 8:01 PM

Our deepest sympathy,thoughts and prayers to all. May God comfort you during your time of grief.

#9 from: Thomas Howison
Marion, OH
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 8:22 PM

We just heard of Gale's passing. He was a great friend and colleague.  He was the pilot of our very first airplane ride !  We enjoyed many hours together, especially lately.  He will be missed by many.  Our deepest condolences to his family.

#10 from: Tom and Linda Schulze
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 8:30 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Gale's passing. He has been a dear friend to our family for many years. You have our deepest sympathy.

#11 from: Shauna Chapman
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 8:46 PM

Iím so sorry for your loss!  Gale was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed!  My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through these rough days ahead! May God comfort you and be by your side to help you along!! ❤️❤️🥰

#12 from: Deb (Fox) Lawyer
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 9:02 PM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. He will be missed not only by friends and family but also the church community.

#13 from: Mary Lu Swartz
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 10:13 PM

My sympathy to all his family on the loss of Gale.  Gale gave me my first airplane ride when I was a child. What a wonderous view from above in that yellow plane.  May the many memories give you peace and comfort during the difficult days ahead.  Prayers to all.

#14 from: Rebecca George
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 8:03 AM

It's been a long time since Gale and Marilyn and I were neighbors on North Clinton Street.  It is with fond memories that I send my condolences to Gale's family.  God bless you all as you walk this path.  His Gazette articles about the history of this area will be a living legacy. I especially liked the one about how he met Marilyn at Anderson's Dairy Delite.

#15 from: Jim & Sandra Christy
Piqua, OH
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 10:56 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss.  May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of a life well lived.  

#16 from: Hollie Quick
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 11:20 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn, Kevin, Alan and Gary. Gale was such a sweet person who will be missed by all who knew him.

#17 from: RJ Watford
UH Teammate
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 1:23 PM

To Charlene Perkins and her family ~ so sad to hear about the loss of your loved one.  My prayer is that you will find comfort in all the words of love and condolence being shared at this difficult time.  I also pray that your memories of your loved one will always comfort you and remind you how special he will always be to you.

#18 from: Jerry Moore
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 2:53 PM

So sorry for your loss. Gale was a good friend of my dads. Bill Moore and Family

#19 from: Karen Landon
Ft. Pierce, Fl.
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 3:32 PM

Perkins Family,
I was a neighbor to Gale & Marylin for several yrs.
May God be close to you now for strength and comfort and may his peace overflow in days to come.
With deepest sympathy

#20 from: John and Kay Coder
Marion ohio
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 4:07 PM

Sorry to hear of Gale passing .Thinking of you Marilyn and Family.

#21 from: Betty Jo Shoup
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 5:01 PM

Sympathies Marilyn and family.Found. Memories of years at First Baptist church.
Prayers and GOD BLESS

#22 from: Trish Reynolds
Bluffton SC
Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 5:44 PM

Sorry to hear of Gales death.  Prayers to the family

#23 from: Jeff Webb
Richwood Ohio
Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 9:19 AM

We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Gale.
Sending love, hugs and prayers during this difficult time.
He will be missed.
Sincerely Jeff and Pam (Oberdier) Webb

#24 from: Lisa ďAndersonĒ Lester
Mount Victory
Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 10:12 PM

My sincere condolences to you all. Mr.Perkins has always been a cheerful memory of NU OWE. I also have a very fond memory of the afternoon he and his sweet wife opened their home to OWE students a few years ago. May The Lord comfort you during this time and days to come. Itís exciting to know we shall meet again on the Streets of Gold.

#25 from: Pat Parrott Eby
Reno, Nevada
Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 11:51 PM

My Brother Jim was a dear friend of Gales. He and Jim ran track together , road scooter together, climbed the water together and generally had fun and got in trouble together. He spent a lot of time in our home. Always a kind word for both Jim and I when we returned to town on a visit. My regards to his family.

#26 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Fri, Oct 29, 2021 at 1:35 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Gale.  Please accept my sincere  condolences.   I know what a. Deep hole this leaves in your hearts.  He was a good good man.

#27 from: Martha Harrison
Powell, OH
Sat, Oct 30, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Alan and Charlene I am sorry to hear about your Fathers Passing. He was always a soft spoken lovely man. I will always remember him fondly.

#28 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 1:37 PM

To the family of Gale.  Jani and I were saddened to hear the loss of Gale.  He was a good co-worker as a teacher and as a fellow coach for some pretty good track teams.  He was a good guy in every way, as a friend, co-worker and as a parent.  He was also active in his church and in the community.  He checked all the boxes in a positive way.  And that included being a good friend.  Our thoughts go out to the family knowing you will miss him but remember him fondly.  Virg Rankink

#29 from: Timothy Payne
Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 3:49 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. †I will always remember Gale's singing and now he is singing in the heavenly choir. I pray the holy spirit will help you and your family through this time of grief.

Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 1:16 PM

Marilyn & family so aorrybfor your loss!! Sending healing prayers!

#31 from: John E.and Marilyn J. Moodie
Prospect, Ohio
Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 2:40 PM

Please accept our condolences as you experience the passing of your loved one.

#32 from: Becky Howald
Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 7:18 PM

Sorry for your loss!  Andrew you are in my prayers!


#33 from: Becky Howald
Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 7:18 PM

Sorry for your loss!  Andrew you are in my prayers!


#34 from: Carol Lookabaugh-Pitts
Calgary AB Canada
Sun, Nov 28, 2021 at 9:49 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perkins family. He was a great man and will be missed.

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