Newell's Story

AUGUSTA - Lt. Colonel Newell Edward Perkins, 97, passed May 4, 2016, at Togus. He was born April 5, 1919 in Sandy Point, Maine. The oldest son of Lawrence and Gladys (George) Perkins, of Belfast.

Newell was greatly respected and well-liked by all who knew him. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a great mentor to the younger hunters of the family. Newell graduated from Crosby High School in Belfast, Maine and later joined the U.S. Air Force, where he graduated from Officer Training School. During WWII, Newell was part of the 384th Bombing group of the 545th Squadron. He was a bombardier on the B-17 "Flying Fortress" and was shot down over Bonn, Germany August 12, 1943, and then spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. Among his many awards, Newell received: the Victory Medal WWII Award, the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal, II, EAME Theater Service Medal, with one Bronze Star. He was issued a lapel button (ASR score 2 Sept 45) - 82. After retiring from the service, he worked as a VA Outreach program specialist coordinator and claims adjudicator, helping veterans in Maine for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Lindsey, Burton, Gerald (Pop) & Allen of Belfast, Raymond of Sandy Point, George of Ellsworth, Earl of Frankfort; one sister, Priscilla Sokolovich of PA.; his late wife, Dorothy; and son, Robert (Bobby) Perkins.

Newell will be sadly missed by his loving family: his wife of 37 years, Jaroslava (Jery) Perkins; stepsons, Donny and Peter Kolman, of Augusta; stepdaughter, Evie Gibson and husband, Edward of New Hampshire; step grandchildren, Bryan Scot Gibson, of Florida, and Cynthia Gibson-Murphy and husband, Richard of Massachusetts, and grandson, Robert Perkins, Jr.; sisters, Marieta (Rita) Jacobs of AZ, Florence Plourde and husband R. Bernard of Bangor, Cora Parkinson and husband Bruce of FL.; as well as double cousin, Wayne Perkins and many more special cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The Funeral and Internment will be on Thursday, May 19th promptly at 2:00 in the Chapel at the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery - 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta. Donations may be made in Newell's memory to the DAV, chapter 1 at 1 VA Center, Augusta, Maine. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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