Ronald Edward "Ron" Perkins, 81, of Indianapolis and formerly of Sheridan, passed away on Sunday evening, July 8, 2018 at Wellbrooke of Carmel, surrounded by his family.

Born July 21, 1936 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Edward and Thelma Bernice (Williams) Perkins.

After graduating from Broad Ripple High School with the Class of 1955, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Monrovia, serving in the Mediterranean. Following his active service, he chose to re-enlist in the Naval Reserves. He proudly served his country and the United States Navy for 40 years as a Reservist before retiring from military service in 1996. In 1983, he humbly accepted the distinguished honor of being named Reserve Sailor of the Year by the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Indianapolis. 

On July 15, 1967 he married the love of his life, a woman he would spend the next  51 years with, Joan A. (Arthur) Perkins. She survives.

After some time in the military, Mr. Perkins continued with his education, earning his associates degree in drafting from Ball State University, and enjoyed a wonderful 26 year career as a draftsman with Citizen's Gas.

Mr. Perkins was an avid runner, golfer and bowler. He competed in countless bowling competitions throughout the years, and would never miss an opportunity to reminisce about the perfect game he bowled in 2009.

Not one to stay idle, he was a very dedicated volunteer. If there was an event that needed a volunteer effort, Mr. Perkins was always first in line. He was an active member of the Westfield Lions Club, and through his efforts, he was named both a Melvin Jones Fellow, as well as a W.P. Woods Fellow. Mr. Perkins was also named the Roy Handley Lion of the Year. He was an active member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church where he enjoyed many years participating in the choir and Methodist Men's group.

Survivors other than his wife include his son, Ross E. (Buffy) Perkins of Carmel; his sister, Jane Smith of Florida; and his granddaughter, Nora A. Perkins. There was nothing more important than whatever activity was going on in Nora's life. Ron loved taking part in everything she was involved in, even if it was just driving her to a lesson or a practice. There was nowhere he would rather be.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother-in-law, Dave Smith.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects from noon until the time of service. Burial with military honors will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield.

Memorial contributions may be presented to either Lions Club International, or to the United Methodist Men.