Dave,you always were willing to give everybody a helping hand,and I'll never forget the time you stayed home from work so you could put my kitchen cabinets up for me,while I went on into my work. Now that's what you call a really good brother-in-law. You have been a very good husband to my sister and also an exceptional Dad & Grandpa.
We all sure miss you Mike Cummings
You were an exceptional role model in so many ways beginning with being a generous and loving family man. You and Aunt Marylyn were a wonderful example of a lifelong love and supportive partnership. You also knew no strangers and welcomed people with open arms.
I always looked forward to visiting. What a wise cracker you were; a predictably unpredictable joke for everything. Laughing was always a staple at the dinner table and everywhere else. I am certain the Angels are laughing out loud!
You were passionate in all endeavors with a fiery personality to match your endless work ethic. Your passion for technology and endless support was inspirational and instrumental in guiding me toward my career goals. I would not be where I am today without you and Aunt Marilyn. I am and will forever be grateful.
I love you both very much. Uncle Dave, may you rest in peace and keep those angels on their toes!!
uncle dave you show me how to play pool were strong in your belief yopu never stop trying . you and anut never gave up trying for children . you were a good role model . i remember the cherry cigars you alway smoked , the thanksgiving dinner we had at your home . i always think of you all when we were at turkey run state park , you were the only one who told me that i have beer in a dry park thank you noones likes to get in trouble thanks for having my back
We always had a good time at your home. Loved the "jam sessions" and listening to the music. There are so many years and fond memories that I have always carried of you and your family. My heart goes out to Aunt Marilyn, Darci, and Davey, and their children. It was riding in your car on the way back to your house when I found out what they called the police car with 1 red light on top! No we didn't get pulled over, you just pointed it out to us. You said the cop cars like that were called cherries back in the day. You will be missed greatly.
Lonny (Fleenor) Stanley
Just wanted to say how much I always enjoyed your company. And also thank you for some fond memories. Always dug that you were into music and cars, two of my favorite things! You're probably one of the influences that made me enjoy music so much. Loved to listen to you tell your stories. Also enjoyed the camping trips that we had. Between you,Uncle Johnnie,and Uncle Ed, things were never boring. I think all of you enjoyed pranking us kids. Hahahaha! You will be missed. To the Atkinson family I send my sympathy,I feel your loss as well.
You are not my uncle but out of respect for the way that my children and I have looked up to you " Uncle Dave" has been it for a long time.When I was younger I had never met a person with so much energy,wit,cockiness and gusto for life.Frankly you scared me with your stories and after I saw and shot that monster 44 magnum pistol that your dad had given you I tried to keep on your good side.I also got to see your's and Marlyn's generousity from the start when you let us stay with you when Helen and I got married.Dave,I learned early that you did not have a stingy bone in your body.You let my young bonehead[me]borrow your valuable truck and trailer to go off motorcycle racing.You helped me build my house,I could go on and on.
Dave in the later years I think I got to really see through the image you wanted most people to see when we would sit on your front porch swing and discuss politics and world events.I respected your opinions and actually baited you at times for responses that I loved to hear.You really had a way with words.Dave, I thought about saying a few words at your funeral but the words would have been garbled with tears that a man don't like to shed in public.
Marilyn,Davey and Darci be proud and thankful that Dave didn't have to lay around in agony.You know Dave sure didn't like to lay around.He was a good man.
No words can ever describe how much I will miss you! I will never forget you walking down the hallway in your house with your cowboy boots on,as you jingled the change in your pocket you would sit at the end of the table at your spot, and say "Ohhhh meee, oh me". I hate that I won't hear that again.
I have always looked up to you, as you were a fantastic person to have in my life. I never knew that your home wasn't mine, cause you never made me feel like it wasn't. The laughter that you created could never be measured , because it was so immense,anyone who knew you, knew you had a knack for inappropriate jokes that only you could tell. Somehow I knew you would never kill my cat, how you claimed you always would. I hope that are enjoying yourself up there and be sure you tell Grandma Atkinson up there , " I said Hello ".. See you on the other side one day, I wish my kids could have gotten to know you like I did.
I love you!!
One of the many memories of you that I love was your passion for music. One of my favorites is the time we had a family gathering at my house with Mom living behind me. Darci and family brought a camper and camped in the back yard, Sherry and family pitched tents, Aunt Mary and family camped at KOA campground, others slept wherever they could find a place to sleep. There were bales of hay around the campfire, you would play the guitar, and I loved it! I always looked forward and appreciated when you and Aunt Marilyn would come for Thanksgiving, arriving Wednesday evening, Aunt Marilyn and I would be the last to go to bed, putting the turkey in the oven around 1:00 a.m., you know Aunt Marilyn, she was a night owl. Other favorite memories was all the family gatherings at your home, the card playing, listing to the Cumming sisters share family stories, how fortunate and blessed we are to be a part of that. You will be missed, but you left with us your imprint and very fond memories.
Brent, Patsy, & Amber
I will never forget seeing David and his family on my wedding day. It meant so much to me that he would take the time to come all the way to Central Illinois for someone he wasn't related to. But that was the kind of person he was! What else stands out in my mind was the first time I went to his house and seeing that sound room he built for his son to jam with his friends. There aren't many parents I know that would do such a thing, but again, that was the kind if person he was! The world will miss his smile, his laugh and his generosity towards others!
The Fleenor Family have so many memories of you. Some of my fondest memories from childhood was spending time at your home. The Cummings sisters gathered in the kitchen drinking coffee or Pepsi, the men playing pool or music, and the children were scattered all over! Heck, the coolest thing about Stevie being born was that I got to stay at YOUR house! I loved hearing stories from mom and dad about the years before me, and I always love the story about "Uncle Dave's Melon". (Marilyn)
Many family gatherings happened at your house! Family reunions, Patsy's wedding reception, jam sessions,...etc. I still have the baby blanket your mother crocheted for my daughter Jenna. I will always hold dear to my heart the time that I spent with you and your family. May the heaven's shine brighter with you there and may Aunt Marilyn, Darci, Davey, and grandchildren find peace.
Chad, Wanda (Fleenor) Englert & Jenna
Uncle Dave, I always appreciated how you opened your home to everyone. Every time I heard you speak of friends and family it was always a kind word. I truely believe you were the central male figure of the family. I just wanted you to know how much you were loved and admired by all of us. I just wanted to tell you thanks for everything you did for me when I was a child, and thanks for all you have done for me as an adult.
Uncle Dave, I always admired your work ethic, knowing you were committed to your family, and how you taught everyone to play music. You and Aunt Marilyn were there all the time for anyone who wanted to stop in and visit. I never realized how much I loved you until I had a family of my own; we would come in town for a visit and you and Aunt Marilyn opened your home to us - you did this many times. The way you treated my wife and children I appreciated, and it was then I completely understood what a genuine, kind-hearted, man you were. Thank you for your love and example.
Dave,You were a great Husband to Marilyn,a Great Father to your children and a great Grandfather to your four grandchildrens. You served your country and have always been a very patriotic person. You have been one of the hardest workers I have ever met and was always willing to lend a hand in helping others. You will be missed! Your brother-in law Randy Rodgers
David, You will be missed by many. What can I say,You were many things to different people.Anyone out there that knew you well, knows this. You first came into my life when I was 8 years old,.When Marilyn brought you home to introduce you to her Parents,Brother and Sisters still living at home.What you must have thought.We were so excited to meet you.The Cummings and Atkinsons were now blended families.Our Father died in 1959 so You and Marilyn moved to be closer to us.We were so happy.You loved all kids everywhere and they loved you back.You had just enough cockiness for the young, they thought you were the coolest.I can't say that about all your peers or the older generation. they didn't understand you like the young ones did.You were yourself all the time.Young people were drawn to you like a magnet,and in your lifetime you went through several generations.Not to mention Marilyn and how good your relationship was with her.You were best friends always.She was the only person who could rein you in when you got out of hand with just a look.But she pretty much just let you be yourself.Her family was grateful for her to have someone to love her always.To me,when you came into my life I looked at you as a combined older Brother and Father figure that was always good to us.I always knew in my heart we were very lucky because it could have been so different. Your loving Sister-In-Law by marriage but Sister in heart. Helen
Dave entered my life at a very young age about 12 years old. That same year my own father died. Dave and my other two brother in laws stepped in and gave us the male support that us younger ones still left at home needed. Dave took us everywhere with him and Marilyn. Swimming, to the drive in. He also worked with us which helped us become more responsible. When I got married at a very young age him and Marilyn was always there to support emotionally. They have always had open doors helping all of as. My husband and him had music incommon as well.Virgil and Dave were always playing and singing. We have so many good memories. I cannot even begin to explain the good influence he has had in our lives. It not only with us as well as our kids and more recently with our grand children. He will be missed. Dave we love you and have been blessed having you as part of our life. You will never be forgotten.
Uncle Dave, what can I say? You are one of the very select few that I always looked up to and respected. Heaven is surely a much richer place now that you are there.
You are one of the Best men that I have ever known! You have always been a great role model and taught me what it is to be a family man.
I have so many fond memories of our time together that I will never forget and that have played a pivotal part in shaping who I am.
I truly miss you but my memories will never fade.
RIP. Love Ed, Carrie, Lizzie & Lola
Letting go is never easy for those of us left behind especially when our departed loved one is someone who seared their unconditional love into our hearts- memories of a lifelong giving that was unique to every one of us missing you.
They say the best form of flattery is imitation. May we all learn to be as Uncle Dave was... Welcome sign was always "on" and every loved one was always "welcome" ..the coffee always loaded with lots of love and great conversation.Those were the days. And for those of us fortunate enough to have been blessed with Uncle Dave and Aunt Marilyn's Bed and Breakfast well his memory lives on thru us.
Just as Uncle Dave may we take all he taught us and imitate that unconditional love and hospitality- Forever he lives on in our hearts.
It's never easy letting go of a loved one but when you know letting go will bring that loved one peace... You do it willingly.
Thank you for a life time of wonderful memories Uncle Dave!!!!
To the family of Dave Atkinson: It was a great pleasure to work with Dave at the Town of St. John. Both Big Dave and Little Dave were a great help to me. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you in my prayers. May God Bless him and keep him in his loving hands.
You and Marilyn were like our brother and sister, your family was our family and we are really going to miss you. RIP. Clint and Dixie from Hugoton, KS
IN MEMORY OF DAVID ATKINSON,
Heaven must have needed a hero like you. I was just 12 years old when you married my sister. You taught me to drive a car after many times telling me that you will give me a hammer and nail and I can do all the driving I want. You sure was a tough one. You had a big heart for kids(especially us) when we were growing and losing our father at an early age you jumped in whole heartily!
You were a wonderful brother-n-law, mentor,a wonderful husband to Marilyn, father to your own children, A great grandfather! What more could anyone ask for? You touched many ,way beyond count. You will truly be missed! Thank you for being a part of my life.
I'm sorry for your loss even though I only Met your daddy once he was a great man.
Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Always remember and cherish the memories you shared with Big Dave. He was and always will be an inspiration to so many of us. As time goes by, you will notice signs from him that is he still with you - always walking beside you and always listening to you. RIP Big Dave - your journey will continue on..............
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
So sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers.
Dave I lived next door to you for many years and you use to tease me all the time and I would get so mad at you but now I know that was your way of letting me know you cared for me. I know you were in pain a lot and now that's over. You and DD have a great get together. Rest in peace my friend.
Dear good friend of 47 years, just remembering all the projects that we all were involved in and the many games of wahoo we played. Great memories. You will be missed. RIP. Clint and Dixie
I'll always remember talking with Dave when he came to the store to either
have lunch with you or after you were done working. May the Lord bless you
and your entire family in this time of hardship and rememberance.
Rich C ( X Walmart Sporting Goods )
Dave,you have touched so many peoples lives and you truly are going to be missed. I know personally how much you helped me and and my children at very desperate times and I will never forget that. You were like a Father to me during my growing up years. You were always so much fun and also you were the one that taught me how to drive a standard shift car by letting me shift the gears for you while you did the driving. You never ever made mae us feel like we were bothering you. You always wanted to teach and show us things and you made a big impression in my life. You always made us feel at home and that memory will always stay with me and I love and admire you so much. I'll miss you but I am glad you are out of all your pain and suffering and I know your in safe hands wit God!