Shirley W. "Perk" Persinger, 76, of Ashtabula, died Tuesday at the Ashtabula County Medical Center in Ashtabula. Born July 25, 1921 in Glen Ferris, W.Va., he was the son of Harry and Della (White) Persinger. He had been an Ashtabula area resident since 1947. Mr. Persinger worked for Union Carbide and Elken Metals until his retirement. He joined the Army Air Forces during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula, VFW Post No. 943, and the East Ashtabula Club. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Lawson), whom he married July 15, 1947; sons, Harry Stephen of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Robert James of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter, Virginia Darrah of Kent; six grandchildren; and sister, Harriet Kennedy of Philippi, W.Va. His brothers, John and Robert and sister, Mitilda Stagg, all died previously. Visitation was held one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services this morning at the Ross-Billman Funeral Home in Ashtabula. The Rev. Fred Bell officiated. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Ashtabula or to the American Cancer Society.