Alfred S. Atkins, 78, of Fairbanks, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright.
Mr. Atkins was born March 13, 1922, in Muscatine, the son of Alfred Kinsley Atkins and Ethel Alice Kellums.
He received his early education in Muscatine. He received an associate's degree in fire management from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
In 1939 he served in the U.S. Cavalry in Fort Des Moines, until joining the Army Air Corps, now known as the Air Force. He was transferred to Ladd Air Force Base now known as Fort Wainwright, in 1954.
He served as fire chief at Fort Wainwright Fire Department from 1961 until his retirement in 1979, completing 40 years of federal service.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Atkins of North Pole; four sons, Alfred Atkins Jr. of Arizona, Richard Atkins of Florida, David Atkins and Michael Atkins, both of Fairbanks; five daughters, Sharon Hanratty, Sheila Beavers, Carol Reed, all of Washington, Debbie Hall of Fairbanks and Cathy Baldwin of North Pole; three sisters, Bertha Stickrod and Rosemarie Atkins, both of Iowa and Dorothy DeVore of Muscatine; two brothers, Ray Atkins of Michigan and Delbert Atkins of Iowa; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and daughter, Susan, and three grandchildren.
Paul Staley Atkins, 81, of Lancaster, formerly of Muscatine, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
Services are at the Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel in Rock Hill, S.C. The Rev. John Cahill will officiate. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Park-Hollis Lakes.
Mr. Atkins was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
He retired from GPC with 18 years of service.
He attended Open Door Fellowship Church.
He was a member of Iowa No. 2 Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd degree mason.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Warner Atkins; three sons, David Atkins of North Dakota, Paul Atkins of Saint Albans, W. Va. and Larry Atkins of Davenport; four daughters, Rebecca Makeupson of Lancaster, Caroline R. Atkins and Frances Sites, both of Rock Hill and Barbara Mosley of York, S.C.; a brother, Harry W. Atkins of Sedona, Ariz.; two sisters, Pearl Martin of Muscatine and Martha Emmert of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry W. Sr. and Jennie Catterson Atkins.
Janice M. Atkins, 66, of 3595 186th Street, died Monday, January 26, 2004, at her home.
Service will be at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Sharon Phillips of the Jesus Mission will officiate. Honorary bearers will be Sherina Honts, Stephanie Honts, Megan McClanahan, LuCynda Spitznogle, Quinn McClanahan, Lucas Spitznogle, Dustin Atkins, Joseph Honts, and Charley Atkins. Casket bearers will be Chad Harris, Shane Spitznogle, Clifford Honts, Kyle McClanahan, Randi Spitznogle, and Jaremiah Atkins. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Atkins was born on June 25, 1937, in Muscatine, the daughter of Randall and Beatrice Schnieder Reed. She married Charles Raymond Atkins Sr. on October 11, 1953, in Muscatine.
She retired from Bethesda Care Center, Muscatine High School, and the Learning Tree Preschool.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Raymond Atkins Jr. and his wife, Kandy, of Muscatine, and Perry Duane Atkins of Bartow, Florida; two daughters, Lorana Marie Spitznogle and her husband, Kenneth, of Muscatine, and Angela Randi McClanahan and her husband, Rex, of Waterville, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Randy Reed and his wife, Joyce, of Muscatine; four sisters, Cindy Lamb and her husband, Donnie, of Grandview, Lillian Thompson and her husband, Tom, of Muscatine, Joyce Garrison of Muscatine, and Harriet Bromwell and her husband, Donald, of Grandview; and a special friend, Delbert Lobdell of Muscatine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1990, one sister, Edna Ridenour, and one daughter in infancy in 1978.
Leroy R. Atkins, 84, Muscatine, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at his home.
Graveside services are at Memorial Park Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the combined units of the American Legion Post 1565 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Chaplain Vicki Pedersen will officiate. Casket bearers are Bill King, Casey Weikert, Rodney Kjell, Dave O'Toole, Travis Atkins, Valerie Kjell, Sue O'Toole, Kelly Prosser and Mindy Weikert.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and the American Heart Association.
Mr. Atkins was born March 25, 1920, in Muscatine, the son of Roy C. and Edna J. Gilland Atkins. He married Dorothy M. Becker Nov. 30, 1940, in Muscatine. She preceded him in death in 1999.
He was a life-long resident of the Muscatine area. He worked at Huttigs and later at Alcoa Aluminum for 26 years before retiring.
He was a life-time member of the D.A.V. and VFW and was also a member of the Alcoa Retirees Club and National Rifle Association. He enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, traveling and especially spending time with his family.
Survivors include a son, Leroy C. Atkins and wife, Bonnie, of Muscatine; two daughters, Joyce King and husband, Bill, of Illinois City, Ill., and Anita Weikert and husband, Larry, of Muscatine; a brother, Arnold T. Atkins and wife, Carol, of Ashford, Ala.; a sister, Betty O. Walters and husband, Dick, of Buffalo; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Daisy in infancy.