Robert “Bob” Eugene Atkins, 91, of Avon, IN, widower of Mary E. Atkins died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 at Brooke Knoll Village.
Born Oct. 31, 1926 in Mt. Vernon, Ill., he was the son of the late Della Mae Harmon Atkins and Elzo Delbert Atkins.
He grew up in Birdseye, Ind. and graduated from high school there in 1944. After high school he proudly served in the United States Army during WWII, stationed in Nome, Alaska.
On May 2, 1950 he married the love of his life and was married to her for almost 68 years until her death Feb. 12, 2018.
He began his employment with Southern Railway in Kentucky. He was the Southern Railway agent (Later named Norfolk Southern) in Harrodsburg from the fifties until the seventies when the Harrodsburg Station closed. He retired from the Railroad in 1990. He and the late Emmitt Thompson were Little League baseball coaches for the “Jaycee Team” in Harrodsburg for several years during the 1960’s. Early on he served as the Harrodsburg Little League Secretary. He recruited the late Mr. Logue Watson to be the “official scorer” of all the Little League games. He also served as Mayor of Burgin.
Survivors Include: two daughters, Cathy (Kevin Blair) Atkins, Denver, Colo. and Karen (Rick) Wagoner, Avon, Ind.; one son Joe (Linda) Atkins, Louisville; one sister Marilyn LeMond; seven grandchildren, Audry Atkins, Robbie Atkins, Kevin Atkins, Danny Atkins, Abby Wagoner, Issy Wagoner and Ricky Posey; eight great-grandchildren, Derek Cornwell, Belle Keegan, Natalie Atkins, Madeline Atkins, and Riley, Ariana and Dreydon Posey along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Blackburn and Ward Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Harper officiating. Burial was in Rose Crest Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Indianapolis Honor Flight, P.O. Box 10, Plainfield, Ind. 46168 or St. Baldrick’s Foundation, 1333 South Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family at www.BlackburnWard.com