Jeffrey Coleman Perkins, 67, passed away on Sept. 22, 2022, at a Veterans Administration Hospital while surrounded by his family.  He was born on June 21, 1955, in Wisconsin the son of Merle and Doris (Gaines) Perkins.

He attended Brodhead High School, graduating in 1973, and he then enlisted in the military for service in Vietnam.

He served in the Army and was a proud veteran. He served in active duty for 2 years during the Vietnam conflict, but he was stationed in Korea. During his stay he guarded Air Force One where he was awarded the national defense medal for doing so. He was an active member of the Monroe Veterans of Foreign Wars post for many years, holding many different position titles.

He was a very talented organ and accordion player. He never read music and played everything by ear.

He was a lifelong mechanic, which he loved. After retirement he worked at Dick’s repair.

He enjoyed wood working, fishing, playing cards, shooting pool. He enjoyed time with his friends and family, fixing things, and collecting guns and knives.

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Perkins of Brodhead, and a son, Brandon Perkins of Albany; a sister, Jennifer (Dan) Krahenbuhl of Monroe; six grandchildren, Austin, Alexis, Gunner, Kaelyn, Wesson and Dominic; two nieces; one nephew and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Doris Perkins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family in his memory.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Oct. 8at the Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead.

A celebration of life was held later that day at Deb’s Bar in Brodhead.The D.L. Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead assisted the family with arrangements.