David Perkins

Memorial services for 72-year old David Perkins of Hay Springs, NE, will be Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs with Father Daniel Gilbert officiating. 

A memorial has been established for the Laramie Peak Scout Camp. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.

Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com

David L. Perkins was born February 18, 1948 in Alliance, NE to Leonard and Lucille Perkins, and passed away on August 9, 2020, surrounded by family in Rapid City, SD after a long struggle with many health issues.

David had 6 siblings and his early years were spent playing/fighting with them and his many cousins as well as at church activities, camping, fishing, cars, and, of course, Boy Scouts. 

After graduating from Alliance High School in 1966, David joined the Army and served multiple tours in Vietnam. Upon his discharge in 1969 and after a short time back in Alliance, David settled in Hay Springs where in 1972 he married the love of his life, Sandra (Brice).

David and Sandra (deceased 2016) had 3 children: Jason of Scottsbluff, NE, Justin (Shannon) of Rapid City, and Jennifer of Scottsbluff, resulting in 5 grandchildren. Dave’s family was his pride and joy and he was also the family historian. 

David (Perk) worked for the City of Hay Springs from 1971 to 1975, then joined Co-op/Westco until he retired in 2005. Dave was very involved in the Hay Springs community through volunteering as the curator for the Heritage museum, VFW and American Legion to name a few. 

Dave had a 1966 Chevelle before kids started to come and he was able to find the same Chevelle later on and had a lot of fun fixing it up and running it around town.

David’s {Tiny’s} life passion was Boy Scouts.  From early childhood until the end, he was devoutly involved in any number of ways and earned every rank available. As many experienced, Dave could comfortably talk for days about Boy Scouts and probably never repeat himself. 

Dave was a Scoutmaster and led both his boys through the ranks to Eagle Scout and proudly helped get his grandson, Issac, to the Eagle rank as well. 

Dave spent many summers up at Wyoming’s Laramie Peak Scout Camp in one capacity or another, but he also visited Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico, attended the national Jamboree, and followed the history of the Boy Scouts by traveling to England to see where it all began. 

Dave was a veteran Boy Scout for over 60 years and along the way created a very large collection of all things Boy Scouts. Starting next year, that collection can be seen at the museum he started at Laramie Peak Scout Camp.

Through Dave’s involvement in his busy life, he didn’t know a stranger and was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  His ready smile and jovial attitude will be missed.

Dave is survived by his children, grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge of arrangements for David Perkins