Joe Perkins, age 49, passed away on July 10, 2021 at his home in Lee’s Summit, MO with his loved ones at his side. He had a courageous 17 month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Joe was born October 1, 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam to John Perkins and Tuyet Chau. He moved to the United States in 1973 and grew up sharing time in Iowa with his dad John Perkins and stepmom Pat Perkins and in Oklahoma with his mom, Tuyet, and stepfather, Tony Chau. He graduated high school from Hinton High School class of 1989 in Hinton, IA and graduated college with a marketing and business degree from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.
Joe married his wife, Julie Perkins, March 13, 2010. He was the best dad that stepped up when he didn’t have to, to Julie’s three kids, Caleb Lewis, Sophie Lewis (Eric Cain Lewis), Kennedy Lewis and two additional Sierra Lewis and Connor McAnany. He was the proud papa to Brooklynn Stewart, Roman and Romeo Lewis. Joe was loved by all of his family and friends, especially his sisters Jennifer Perkins and Tawnya Anson. He was active with Jennifer’s daughters Jasmine Chonlahan (Hayden Benyshek), Mahlinee Chonlahan, and Teya Chonlahan and Tawnya’s kids Stephanie Medsker (Adam), Aleashya Bieler (Stephen Brunkhorst), Zach Bieler (McKayla Polak), Brooklyn Anson, MaKenna Lopez. Great nieces and nephews Harper Medsker, Mason Bieler Queen, Willow Brunkhorst, Morrison Brunkhorst, and Brixlynn Bieler. He was blessed with his mother and father in-law, Robert and Marcia Masters, Dwayne and Wanda Stout. Two sister in-laws Heidi Winslow (Scott) and Jodi Wulfkuhle (Brett). Heidi and Scott’s children Ali and Tanner. Jodi and Brett’s children Emily, Derek, and Kelsi Waterworth and Blake and Casey Wulfkuhle.
Besides spending time with his family, Joe loved playing cards with his friends, enjoying Cardinals Baseball, Iowa Hawkeyes, golfing, and going on beach vacations. Joe dedicated the majority of his career to Lockton Affinity. He served proudly for 18 years up to June 2021 with his latest role being an Assistant Vice President of Client Solutions. He worked on various programs over the years ensuring his client’s needs were covered.
Joe is preceded in death by his mom Tuyet Chau, stepfather Tony Chau, grandmothers Henrietta Perkins, Lorraine Jahn, and grandfathers Sy Perkins, Ervan Jahn. Brother In-Law Tom Masters.
We will be celebrating Joe with a Casual Beach Attire Celebration of Life with a Visitation on Thursday, July 15 from 6-8pm and Memorial Service Friday, July 16 from 10-11am at Langsford Funeral Home. Rosary to be said at 9:45am on Friday. Lunch location to be announced at service.