Born July 12, 1934, in Owosso, Michigan, son of the late Elmer and Martha (Thelen) Atkinson passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at age 84.
Bob loved his country, his family, and MSU. He served in the U.S. Army, in Germany, during the post WWII occupation. Bob was also an avid golfer and was known for his wit and sense of humor. He retired from General Motors following 38 years of service.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Barbara Atkinson; their three children, Terri (Tom) Shaver, John Atkinson, and Mike (Ann) Atkinson; nine grandchildren, Autumn, Tom, Rachel, Lucas, Amanda, Michael, Matthew, Veronica, and Chris; five great-grandchildren, Corbin, Kira, Brody, Kira, and Chloe; two brothers, Richard (Judy) Atkinson and Jim (Elma) Atkinson; sister, Jan (Dave) Paul along with many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tom (Judy) Atkinson.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Great Lakes Christian Homes, 2050 S. Washington Rd. in Holt. The family will receive friends at the Great Lakes Christian Homes on Friday for one hour prior to the service. Mr. Atkinson’s cremated remains will be laid to rest, with Military Honors, in a private ceremony at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions, in Bob’s memory, to Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington DC, 20006-3517.