In loving memory of Orton Burchfield Perrine (Burch) who passed away on June 6, 2019, at the age of 91.
Beloved husband of the late Connie (Brown) Perrine. Loving father of Ginny (Dean) Burnett, Debbie (John) Delia, Janet (John) Roose, Teresa (Bob) Glenn, and Tom (Teri) Perrine. Grandfather of Tony Burnett, John Delia, Annie Delia, Jared Roose, Sarah Keller, Andria Hansen, Brianna Campbell and 15 great-grand babies. A sister, Marie L. Wilson and a brother, Lloyd (Bud) A. Perrine died previously.
Burch was born in Aberdeen, Washington, to Clair and Louise (Metzger) Perrine on June 22, 1927, and he was baptized in the Episcopalian faith. He shared many fond memories of his childhood spending summers at his Uncle Carl’s farm in Elma. As a teenager, he joined the Merchant Marine and traveled the world on a ship. He returned to finish his education, graduating from HHS with the class of 1947. He was quite the athlete and was a star in track events, including the hurdles.
He married the girl of his dreams, Constance Delores Brown, on June 17, 1950, at Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam. He was employed by ITT Rayonier for over 40 years and retired as powerhouse superintendent.
He loved to fish, hunt, clam dig, bowl, dance and sing. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, Eagles and Lions Club. He was voted “Lion of the Year” twice for his efforts as chairman of the annual fireworks.
Burch was a kind and generous man with a keen sense of humor, a great smile and loved his family dearly. He was a man of integrity, honesty, and always a gentleman … with a sparkle in his eyes. He will be greatly missed.
He will be laid to rest with his arms forever holding the urn of his beloved wife, Connie.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers contributions to Dementia Society of America, (1-800-336-3684) or GH West Coast Search & Rescue.
Relatives and friends are invited to join us in a celebration of his life during a funeral service to be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2019, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 114 – 20th Avenue SE. in Olympia, WA.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.