John Harvey Perkins
A Cowboy, a Hunter, A Builder, A Fighter, A Husband, Father, Friend and Brother joined our Lord and Savior on June 4, 2020, after a long series of surgeries and illness. The world was a better place with John in it.
John was born June 1, 1956 in Bloomington, Minnesota. After the loss of his oldest sister, Rita Ann, the family moved to Prior Lake, Minnesota and then to Burnsville, Minnesota. In 1970 the family moved to Ash Lake, Minnesota near the Canadian border. The family had a hunting and fishing cabin and property there for many years prior to making it their permanent home. This is where John learned logging and trapping alongside his father and younger brothers. This is also where John perfected his hunting skills.
After graduation from Orr High School John moved back to the Minneapolis area and like his father, became a highly skilled craftsman in carpentry and home building. It was during this period he was given the nickname: the Country Bumpkin.
In approximately 1982 John moved to Colorado and furthered his home building career. He was also involved in ranching and guiding hunts for the skilled and unskilled which produced many stories to be told in a way only John could tell them.
John and Connie were married on March 29, 2003. During their 17 years of marriage, Connie saw that John had a God given talent of bringing old houses and barns back to life. He and his wife worked hand in hand and were both blessed to receive the satisfaction of their toil. Both being musically talented, when John wasn't on his drums and Connie wasn't singing, they loved to dance with each other.
John was known not just for his craftsmanship and hunting skills, but his unending humor, the perfect dimples when he smiled, and his love of the Cowboy Church.
His heartfelt pride and joy and what he saw as his biggest accomplishment were his two children, Sam and Becca. His face always beamed brightly whenever he spoke of his children. John started teaching his children to hunt and shoot when they were very young, and he was proud of how skilled they had become. These were very beloved moments for him which he expressed often.
John was preceded in death by his parents and oldest sister. He is survived by his wife Connie, his son Sam, daughter Becca, and his brothers and sisters, Chuck, Donna, Mary, Dan, Cindy, Rene, and Steve.
John is loved by many family and friends and will be greatly missed always.
May John rest in peace.
There will be a memorial service at the Cowboy Church, 95 Ute Avenue in Kiowa, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:00 PM Immediately following the service, a celebration of life for all family and friends will take place at 9006 Hwy 86, Kiowa.
The family would like to suggest donations be made to the Cowboy Church at "Save the Cowboy" PO Box 428 Kiowa, CO 80017, or to a charity of your choice in John's name to honor him.