William E. “Bill” Perkins Sr., age 79, of Brodhead, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born March 21, 1942, in Shirland, Illinois, the son of Edward and Audrey (Dhom) Perkins.  He married the love of his life, Sheila Kay Rude, on Aug. 18, 1978, in Brodhead.

Bill graduated from Parkview High School. He enjoyed going to flea markets and collecting and selling antiques. He was also a driver for the Amish community.

Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheila; his children, Mary (Chris) Davidson, Doug (Jenn) Brosier, Bill Perkins Jr., Mary (Doug) Scott and Rebecca “Becky” Vance; sisters, Rosemary (Ramon) Blabaum and Ruth Ann (Dave) Nordeng; a brother, Steve Perkins; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Phyllis; and two brothers, Tom and Mike.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home, in Brodhead.  A private family graveside service was held June 25. A memorial fund will be established. Online condolences may be made at www.dlnewcomerfuneralhome.com.