Richard J. Atkinson, 91, of Shady Cove, Ore., passed away June 18, 2011, at his home, attended by his family.
Mr. Atkinson, "Dick", was born August 11, 1919, in Lynn, Mass. In 1923, his family moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he lived until 1942, when he was sent to Pearl Harbor, and worked as a supervisor of submarine and carrier repair welding for the U.S. Navy. While in Hawaii, he joined the Army Air Corp in 1943. He served as a bomber pilot and saw combat duty in the European theatre.
After the war, he returned to Lacy Manufacturing in Southern California, where he became a shop superintendent. He later was transferred to an executive position in charge of their field construction in three western states, Hawaii and Johnson Island.
After the death of his 18 year old son in an auto accident in 1972, he retired and moved to the Rogue Valley with his wife, Ruth, and his daughter, Christine. Here, he was known for his metal working talent as well as his ability to repair almost anything.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; his daughter; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives (541) 770-6505.