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Earl Wayne Atkinson, 79, of Pana, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in St. Johns Hospital, Springfield. Earl was born to Earl Willis & Aleta Mary Lane Atkinson on March 23, 1938 near Mt. Vernon, IL.
Earl was drafted into the U.S. Army from 1961-1963. He was a retired truck driver and member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #4109.
Earl Atkinson married Shirley Ann Schinzler on February 9, 1963 and she survives in Pana, along with sons: Ron Atkinson, Shelbyville, IL; Larry Atkinson, Assumption, IL; and Keith (Jaime) Atkinson, Assumption, IL; grandchildren: Ryan Atkinson, Assumption, IL; Cale Atkinson, Findlay, IL; Emily Atkinson, Shelbyville, IL; and Allison Miller, Shelbyville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Atkinson; and sister, Delpha May Atkinson.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor David Beerbower officiating. Inurnment will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana with graveside military rites by Assumption VFW #6577 Honor Guard. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.
Published on December 13, 2017
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