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Stephen G. Perrin



Stephen G. Perrin, 78, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2022. A visitation will be held at Sunset Memorial Chapel in Des Moines, IA on Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. A service will be held at Sunset Memorial Chapel on Friday, August 19 at 11 AM. Burial will be held afterwards at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, IA. Stephen’s family invites attendees to join them for a luncheon after the burial at Sunset Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Stephen’s family.


Stephen was born the oldest son out of five children to Grant and Elinor (Wisely) Perrin on June 23, 1944, in New York City, NY. Stephen and his family moved to Marion, IA to be closer to family due to Grant’s health. Stephen graduated from Marion high school in 1962, where he wrestled at 98 lbs, and later obtained an associate degree in orthopedic assistance from Kirkwood University. Stephen came to Des Moines in 1972 to work at Iowa Methodist Medical Center as an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant for Dr. Bunten and Dr. Kelly. He then began working as a certified Orthotist at American Prosthetics and Orthotics for 35 years, happily retiring in 2010 and working at Hy-Vee part time. During a Parents Without Partners meeting in 1988, he met the love of his life, Kathy Burnight. They married on September 30, 1989.


Stephen will be remembered for his love of gardening, especially his irises and tiger lilies, and becoming a Master Gardener, wrestling in the school wrestling team in high school and college, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Iowa State Cyclones, and his love of his grandchildren.


Stephen is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Gwen Becker, and Ruth Sortor.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy Perrin; children, Kevin (Anne) Burnight, Matt (Mandy Grant) Perrin, and Monica Perrin; grandchildren, Kinser Perrin, Kale and Kennedy Burnight, and Kiernan Perrin; siblings, Willard and Carol Perrin; brother-in-law, Bob Sortor; and many nieces and nephews.