RONALD DEAN ATKINS, 85, of Decatur, passed away at 8:51 A.M. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Glad Tiding Church, 500 S. 27th St. in Decatur, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Glad Tidings Church. Pastor Rick Spangler will officiate. Burial will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Decatur, IL. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Ronald and his twin brother Donald were born on April 6, 1932 in Decatur. From that day they were under the care of their mother, Beulah Atkins and their grandparents, Van A. and Mary E. Atkins as well as their uncles Harold and Marion Atkins; they were a very close-knit family.
Ron married Peggy Wilkinson on April 9, 1950 in Decatur. They were married for nearly 66 years before she passed away on March 30, 2016.
Ron is survived by two sons, Donald Atkins and his wife Mary Ellen of Tombstone, AZ and Van Atkins and his wife Karen of Decatur; two grandchildren, Laura L. Tucker and her husband Gabriel of Mahomet and Ronald D. Atkins and his wife Sarah of Oreana; three great grandchildren, Abigail Atkins and Emma and Camron White and one great-great-grandchild, Cameron Chandler.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah Atkins, his grandparents, Van A. and Mary E. Atkins, his twin, brother, Donald Atkins an infant son, Ronald Dean Atkins, Jr., one grandson, Brannigan Dean Atkins, his wife, Peggy and his two uncles that helped raise him and his brother, Harold and Marion Atkins.
Ron was a member of Glad Tidings Church. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and a retired truck driver with over 40 years of service.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.