Donald L. Atkinson, 81, of rural Geneseo died on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf after a short battle with Congestive Heart Failure. Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd at Cambridge United Methodist Church, Cambridge. Pastors Les Zook and David Joyce will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice, Cambridge United Methodist Church, or Village Light Church, Cambridge.
Don was born January 3, 1937 in Geneseo, IL the son of John and Hazel (Snell) Atkinson. He graduated from Orion High School in 1955. He married Patricia Hoyt on June 9, 1956 in Andover, IL. She survives. From 1955 to 1959 Don owned and operated Atkinson Dozing. He then served in the IL National Guard and the Army Reserves from 1959 until 1965 as a Staff Sergeant working in training soldiers. Don had served as Munson Township Road Commissioner for 12 years and he had farmed in Henry County from 1974 until his retirement in 2017.
Memberships include Cambridge United Methodist Church and the Cambridge American Legion Post 417. He had served as President of Goose Lake Gun Club for many years. He was an avid hunter, especially duck and pheasant. He loved to plant milo and other special seeds on his farm for bird and deer habitat.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Bob Allen, Bettendorf, and Penny and Ryan Egert, Geneseo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Sunita Atkinson, Portland, OR, and Derek and Tamra Atkinson, Geneseo; eleven grandchildren, Sean and Ginny Allens, Benett and Olivia Egert, Jillian, Ishika and Nikitha Atkinson, and Jen, Justine, Charlie, and Lucy Atkinson; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Mary Sue Atkinson, Blue Springs, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Johnnie.