DeWight Dale Perkins Sr., 66, a retired administrative officer in the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Interior Department, died of cardiac arrest June 4 in Grand Island, Neb.
A resident of Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring for the last eight years, he was visiting in Nebraska.
Mr. Perkins retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1972. He had joined the agency in 1957 and worked in the fields of budgeting, personnel, procurement and office space management.
He was born in Whitney, Neb., and grew up in Chambers, Neb. He graduated from Grand Island Business College and taught at Hastings (Neb.) Business College before entering federal government service with the War Department in Washington in 1937.
Mr. Perkins left here shortly after that to serve with the National Park Service at Wind Cave National Park in Hot Spring, S.D., with the War Production Board in Denver during World War II, and with the Railroad Retirement Board at Winslow, Ariz., before returning here in 1957.
A former resident of Takoma Park, he had been active in the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, the Boy Scouts and the Kiwanis Club. He had been a member of the board of directors of the Takoma Park Sister City Association (People to People Program). He was a member of the Inter-Faith Chapel at Leisure World.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Helen L. DeyErmand, of Rossmoor Leisure World; a son, De Wight Jr., of Germantown, Md.; three daughters, Barbara Metohell of Mesa, Ariz., and Dixie Kanagy and Shirley Weaver, both of Gaithersburg, a sister, Hazel Nielsen of Dayton, Wyo., nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Inter-Faith Chapel at Rossmoor Leisure World, or to the American Heart Association.