James Perkins

DWIGHT—James Willard Perkins Heynow,, 67, of Dwight, formerly Gardner, Plainfield and Pontiac passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at Park Pointe in Morris.
Born April 24, 1955 in Joliet, he was a son of Willard “Bud” and Dorothy (Papach) Perkins. James was raised in Gardner and graduated from Plainfield High School with the class of 1973. He enlisted and honorably served in the United States Air Force. Upon his discharge, James worked for Caterpillar, retiring in 2020 after 39 years of dedicated service. He was a former member of UAW Local #2096. On Sept. 28, 2012 he married Mary Smith in Pontiac, she survives.
An avid concert enthusiast, Jim loved live music, especially the Grateful Dead. He enjoyed reading and playing both board and video games. His children will struggle enjoying Monopoly or Mario Kart 64 without him. Jim was quite the crafter, having enjoyed both woodworking and tie dying projects. Through the years, he enjoyed playing Dungeons and Dragons, was an avid bowler, enjoyed fishing and loved golf. Trivia with friends and family was one of his favorite pastimes. Trivia team CRS will acutely feel his loss. Jim was a caring, loyal friend. Most importantly, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother who cherished time spent with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Perkins, of Dwight; four children: Stephanie (Michael) Morehead, of Florida; Sean (April) Perkins, of Florida; Mike Perkins, of Plainfield and Katie (Scott) Mackinson, of Dallas, TX; two step-sons, Michael (Jessica) Galbraith and Brian (Hilary) Dobbs, both of Dwight; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Thomas (Karen) Perkins, of Gardner; one sister, Patricia Weiskop, of Joliet; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as many close friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Leslie Smith; one niece, Kali Sue Perkins Croy; brother-in-law, G. Lee Weiskop; sister-in-law, Julie Smith and his grandson, Rocky.
Cremation rites have been accorded. The family will receive friends at Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty St., in Gardner on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Victory Lanes Bowl, 410 E. Main Ave. in Dwight between the hours of 12 and 3 p.m. Casual attire is encouraged (tie-dye welcome).
Graveside services along with full military honors will take place on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at 10 a.m. in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.
Friends and family are encouraged to log onto www.ReevesFuneral.com to sign the online guestbook, submit photos and share James's memorial page via social media.
Cremation and memorial services have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd in Gardner.