Joseph W. Atkinson

Joseph W. Atkinson
Date of Birth: October 21, 1934
Died on: June 12, 2017

Joseph W. Atkinson, 82, of Aberdeen died June 12, 2017 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Joseph Warren Atkinson, son of Charles and Edith (Hart) Atkinson, was born October 21, 1934, on a farm near Frederick, SD. Joe attended and graduated from Forbes High School in 1960.

On June 30, 1956, Joe was joined in marriage to Darlene Barton in Ellendale, ND. After Joe and Darlene were married they moved to California for one year and then moved back to Ellendale area where they farmed until 1960 and then moved to Aberdeen. He was employed at Parcel Texas Station/Parcel Oil Co., Milbrandt & Grote for 20 years (1965-1985), Aberdeen Dairy Queen (1980-1995), Groton Dairy Queen (1987-1994), and custodian of May Overby Elementary School starting in March 2012 until the time of his death.

Joe enjoyed camping, photography, reading, computer, work, and birdwatching. Most of all, he enjoyed taking in his grandson’s school and sport activities and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he was an usher and did many other volunteer jobs.

Grateful for having shared Joe’s life are his wife, Darlene; son, Steve (Janet) Atkinson of Grand Forks, ND; daughter, Jolene (Don) Bonn of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Clark (Melissa) Bonn of Pierre, SD, Dustin Bonn of Sioux Falls, SD, Ryan (Sarah) Atkinson of Grand Forks, ND, Lance (Sammy) Bonn of Sioux Falls, SD and Austin (Fiancée, Kaitlin) Atkinson of Grand Forks, ND; great-grandchildren, Ruby and Pearl Bonn of Pierre and Dane Bonn and Parker Bonn both of Sioux Falls; brother, Charles (Donna) Atkinson of FL, sister, Minnie Daniels of WI and brother-in-law, Russell Swanson of MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joy Swanson and brother-in-law, Norman Daniels.


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