George Thurman Perrine of Mountain Lake Park, age 95, passed away peacefully at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home on Sunday, January 12, 2020. He was born on February 23, 1924, near Rowlesburg, WV, the oldest of eight children of the late George Thurman and Reda Florence (Long) Perrine. He married Mildred Florence Killius on November 30, 1945. The couple had five children.
George grew up in West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. He was in the CCC, being in camps near Frederick MD and in Washington DC prior to enlisting in the army. George was a World War II veteran, having served in a scout platoon of the army’s second armored division (Hell on Wheels). He saw action in North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded three times, for which he received three Purple Hearts. After being discharged he got married and settled in Garrett County. He worked for the United States Postal Service, most of the years serving as postmaster in the Mountain Lake Park office.
George had many interests and hobbies. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing and hunting and was actively involved in the turkey stocking program in Western Maryland. Later in life, especially after retirement, he and Mildred traveled extensively throughout the US. He loved to read and was very knowledgeable in history, geography, railroading, and politics, among other things. He was a lifelong avid model railroader, and was well known in the railroading circles throughout the east. He was involved in the politics of Loch Lynn, the water company and the sewage commission, as well as the Garrett County Historical Society. He was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church.
George is survived by his wife of 74 years, Mildred (Killius) Perrine; four sons, Richard Perrine and wife Linda of Oakland, Stephen Perrine and wife Gail of Cranesville, WV, Paul Perrine and wife Shauna of Oakland, and John Perrine of Oakland; a daughter, Susan Miller and husband Randy of Bridgewater, VA; one brother, Larry Harris of Camarilla, CA; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren (and one more on the way); and numerous nephews and nieces.
Friends will be received at the C & S Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N 2nd Street, Oakland on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 5 to 8 PM. A funeral service will then be held on Thursday at 11 AM at Deep Creek Baptist Church, with Pastor Dave Helton officiating. Interment will follow in the Garrett County Memorial Gardens with military honors accorded by the US Army and the combined honor guard of the American Legion Post #71 and the Deer Park VFW Post #10077. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Garrett County, P.O. Box 271, Oakland, MD 21550.