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Stephen Kent Perrine

June 29, 1945 – August 29, 2022

Stephen Kent Perrine, 77, , he left this life unexpectedly Monday, August 29, 2022 and was reunited with beloved wife of 49 years, Carol (Wilson) Perrine, they married in June of 1968.

He was born June 29, 1945 and was raised in Homeplace.

Mr. Perrine was a 1965 graduate of Carmel High School. He spoke fondly of the days he spent lifeguarding at Northern Beach in his teen days before he joined the Army Reserves.

He was heavily involved with the Dad’s Club youth soccer program and a coach for the Carmel Sting of the CYSA. Mr. Perrine was an avid Carmel High School and Indiana University sports fan, especially soccer. He enjoyed golf and played often.

His biggest passion would have undoubtedly been the automobile. He grew up loving to drive and work on cars. He loved to go to auto races of all kinds and even dreamed of a professional racing career.

Mr. Perrine was a master mechanic for Firestone for more than 25 years. If it was mechanical and moved quickly you would probably find him close, but usually behind the wheel and was an extremely talented mechanic. It didn’t seem to matter what it was; he could repair it. Always the entrepreneur, Mr. Perrine had several successful businesses including a Snap-On tool franchise and Dyna-Vac Power Cleaning in and around Central Indiana.

He had been a member of National Hot Rod Association where he served as The Inspector, The Mustang Club of Indianapolis where he served as President. He also served on the board of the Orchard Park HOA.

Survivors include his brother John (Kathy) Perrine; son Todd (Stacia) Perrine; daughter Mindy Riley; three granddaughters Madison, Kate and Megan; sister in-law Marcia (Denis) W. Barker; and many hot rod buddies, coworkers and life-long friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hazel (Jones) and Burton Perrine; and four siblings Lyman ‘Bud’, Betty, Shirley and Virginia.

Family and friends are scheduled to gather on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11 a.m. in Venture Christian Church, 14501 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, where the Celebration of Life service is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

A processional will lead Mr. Perrine to his final resting place in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family in arrangements.