Retired Judge Charles James Perrin, 91, of Venice, Fla., died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, in Sarasota, Fla.
He was born May 21, 1920, in Chicago, the son of Charles and Margaret Perrin. He married Marion Zapfe in 1945. She preceded him in death in December 2006.
His daughter, Mary, and sons, Thomas and James, also preceded him in death.
Judge Perrin is survived by his children, Chuck (Nona) Perrin and Patti (Greg) Keller, both of San Diego, Calif., Rita (Brian) Lyons of Heath, Texas, John Perrin of Mesquite, Texas, Teri (Tom) Brodbeck of Stillwater, Minn., Nancy (Mark) Bacher of Summerville, S.C., Chris (Amy) Perrin of Springfield, Ill., Ann (Steve) Strasser of Mishawaka, Ind., and Melanie (Brian) Ohlenbusch of New Braunfels, Texas; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Judge Perrin was a pilot in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was twice awarded the Air Medal for combat service.
Judge Perrin was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame law school in 1951. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar and the Illinois Bar in 1951. After admission to the bar, he began his career as legal counsel for the Chicago Motor Club and also engaged in the private practice of law. He was appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Illinois in 1977.
Judge Perrin served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Judges Association. He served on the Public Affairs Committee of the American Bar Association and the Illinois Criminal Justice Commission. He also was a member of the Tazewell County, Peoria County and Illinois State Bar Associations.