George Francis Perchan, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the age of 89.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanette Halovee Perchan. Other survivors include his daughters, Beverly Perchan of Pine Bluff, Deborah LaMarr of Keller, Texas, Susan Kennedy and husband James Kennedy of Richardson, Texas, and Georgia Burns and husband Steven Burns of Henderson, Nev. His surviving grandchildren are Georgia Leigh and husband Joseph Cotton, Katherine Lynn Kennedy, Kristen LaMarr, Brett Burns, Leslie Burns, and Jill Burns. George enjoyed the recent birth of his great-grandson, Liam James Cotton. In addition, George’s younger sister, Cecelia Adams, lives in Pennsylvania.
George was born October 31, 1922 in Tesckow, Penn. to Paul and Anna Christina Porupchinsky. He grew up in Hazelton, Penn. along with one brother and eight sisters. After graduation from high school, he entered the United States Navy, and played an important part in saving navy pilots’ lives by improving the landing gear systems for airplanes on aircraft carriers. Recognizing the engineering talents that George possessed, the Navy sent him to Yale University to further develop his skills. After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he met and married the love of his life, Jeanette Halovee Davidson, while they were both working in Memphis, Tenn. George was offered the state of Arkansas as sales territory for ZEP Manufacturing Company, and his career lasted for 53 years. His customers appreciated his professionalism and engineering expertise.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Randall Hunting Club. He thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors and hunting in the forests of South Arkansas and the mountains of Colorado. George also loved being on the Arkansas River working and playing on his houseboat. He enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to fish and taking them out for boat rides. After his retirement, George enjoyed the company of his friends who frequently met for coffee and conversation.
George was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Lukas Adam Cotton; his parents; his brother, Peter Perchansky; and sisters Josephine Showanes, Peggy Kotzer, Mary Andrick, Ilona Harrison, Valerie Miener, Suzanne Lewis, and Verna Bujak.
A private graveside service was held in Graceland Cemetery on Wednesday. Arrangements were by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
Special thanks and appreciation is made to Mrs. Girtha Adway and her exceptional caregivers who have provided in-home care for George for the past two and one-half years.
Memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202 (lls.org); St. Joseph Catholic Church;
or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com