James Robert accumulated many nicknames over the years – Bob, Jim, JR – but many people knew him as Perk. He was born June 12, 1926 in Hiawatha, Utah, the youngest child of Sylwester “Sam” Perkowski and Christiana “Anna” Jensen Perkowski. Young Bob survived a childhood bout with polio, spending an extended period away from his family at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. The family later moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he graduated with the Carlsbad High School class of 1944. Upon graduation, Perk served his country in the U.S. Navy. He went on to attend the University of Houston, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration. He was employed for many years by the U.S. National Laboratories, starting with Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque.
While at Sandia, he met and married the love of his life, Violet Elizabeth Brown. Over the nearly 65 year
s of their marriage, they moved many times for work: Las Vegas, NV; Livermore, CA; Albuquerque, NM; Roswell, NM; El Paso, TX; eventually settling back in Roswell, New Mexico, where they both retired from Transportation Manufacturing Corporation (TMC). Bob and Vi played duplicate bridge and enjoyed traveling the US playing bridge, seeing the sights and visiting grandchildren. Perk was an avid coin collector and backyard turtle enthusiast. After he lost Violet in 2019, he moved to Raymore, Missouri where he enjoyed birdwatching, country drives and lots of chocolate ice cream cones.
James Robert was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Violet; his parents, Sam and Anna; brothers: Earl, Fred, Jack and Walter; and his beloved big sister, Geraldine. He is survived by daughter, Kathi and husband, Roger Mills, of Cleveland, Missouri; daughter, Tricia and husband, Matthew Jones, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and son, Mike Perkowski of Roswell, New Mexico. He will be lovingly missed by his six grandchildren: Hannah, Laine, and Tessa Mills; Cassie, Zane, and Toby Jones; and many nieces and nephews.