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Dexter Marquis Perkins

May 3, 1986 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 37) 37 Years Old

Dexter Perkins Obituary

Dexter Marquis Perkins entered this world on May 3, 1986, in Chicago, IL, to the union of William K. Perkins and Debra L. VanWinkle. At a very young age, Dexter grew up in Bellwood, IL, and attended St. Domitilla Convent Ele - mentary in Hillside, IL. In 1994, his family moved to Wheaton, IL, where he graduated from Briar Glen Elementary. Dexter continued his education at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, IL, where he developed a love for sports and he met many of his lifetime friends. Dexter worked as an optical technician for 12 years, often recognized for his great customer service skills which earned him an assistant manager position. Dexter later worked as a la - borer in construction where he handled concrete and operated heavy equipment. With his exciting personality, it was only befitting that he ventured into party promoting with several friends. His most recent employment with BNSF Railroad (Illinois) in the role of an engineer and at Metra Train as a conductor. In the absence of a conventional work schedule, Dexter still managed to co-parent three to four days a week, spend quality time with his mom, en - courage friends, check-in with family members, and celebrate life to the fullest. Dexter will forever be engraved in our hearts as a jovial, kind, generous, accessible, and hu - morous human being. Dexter had an exceptional bond with his two beautiful daughters who were a constant source of joy and pride in his life. He treasured every moment spent with them and took immense pleasure in going to various outings (i.e. the zoo, visits to the pool, amusement parks). His friends affectionately called him “THE GLUE” since he was the rea - son friends stayed in touch, and he was often a catalyst for social gatherings. Dexter was a die-hard Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears fan. He was often photographed at games with friends wearing his favorite team gear. Dexter enjoyed grilling, and his love for cooking bought family and friends around the table to enjoy his jokes and goofy laugh (he thought he made the best chicken wings). Dexter’s capacity for kindness, understanding, and acceptance of others regardless of their backgrounds or difference added to his uniqueness and that makes him memorable. Known for his vibrant spirit and welcoming nature, Dexter had a remarkable ability to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary experiences. His laughter was contagious, and he had a way of making everyone feel at home in his presence. A true socialite, Dexter orchestrated countless gatherings that were not just events but celebrations of life, love, and friendship. He under - stood the power of shared joy and created spaces where people from all walks of life could come together and form lasting connections. Dexter is survived by his parents, William K. Perkins (Vivian) and Debra L. VanWinkle (Danny); two adorable daughters of Aurora, IL, Brynn T. Perkins (5) and Blair K. Perkins (4), whom he shared with Joanna Peak; three brothers, William C. Perkins (Mersiha) of Jackson - ville, FL, Ayce Perkins of Addison, IL, and Neythyn Thompson of Chicago, IL; two sisters, LeQuora Johnson (Steven) of Dallas, TX, and Aratee Turner (Christopher) of Chicago, IL; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friend, Stephanie LaBudde; and hundreds of dedicated friends. Friday, December 22, 2023, the Perkins and VanWinkle family circle was broken when God called his servant, Dexter Marquis Perkins, home. Although he is gone, his overwhelming personality is already missed. There is solace in knowing his memories will last forever. Rest in Heaven. It is well with your soul.

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Services

Wake
Friday
January 5, 2024

9:00 AM
Light House Church
4501 W 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

Funeral Service
Friday
January 5, 2024

11:00 AM
Light House Church
4501 W 127th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

Interment following funeral service
Friday
January 5, 2024

Mt.Glenwood Memory Gardens
18301 S Glenwood Thorton Rd
Glenwood, IL 60423

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