RICHARD DEAN ATKINS, SR. April 20, 1927 ~ May 1, 2014 Richard Dean Atkins Sr passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, 2014. Richard was born in Chico, CA on April 20, 1927 to Lester and Doris Atkins. Richard grew up and went to school in the Paradise and Nimshew area and went to Chico High School. Richard served in the Navy during WWII on the aircraft carrier USS Kitkun Bay and was involved in several campaigns in the Pacific and the occupation of Japan. Richard was discharged but was called back to service during the Korean War where he was assigned to the hospital ship USS Repose. After being discharged from the Navy, Richard returned to Paradise where he met his wife Virginia Decker. They were married on June 7, 1952. They later moved to Lassen Lodge and in 1957 moved to Red Bluff where he lived in the same house until his passing. Richard worked for Diamond International working their mills in Sterling City, Lyman Springs and Red Bluff where he retired after working over 40 years for them. Richard was a member of the VFW Post 9650 in Anderson. Richard loved camping and fishing with family at Lake Almanor and Patrick's Point and in his later years Richard loved spending time with his family and barbequing. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years Virginia Atkins, Red Bluff, CA, son Rick Atkins (Jeanie) Battle Ground WA, son Don Atkins (Corinne)-Red Bluff, CA, daughter Denise Stone- Melbourne FL, brother Robert Atkins (Shirley) Kelseyville, CA, sister Kathy Craft (Marty) Spokane WA, brother Dan Atkins (Prescilla) Keller WA, grandchildren Becky (Virgil), Douglas, Jessie, Khris, Lori, Matt (April), Nathan, Nicki, Ryan (Shantelle) and 17 great-grandchildren. His was preceded in death by his son David Atkins, parents Lester and Doris, brothers Lester, David, Zane, and sister Meridel. No service will be held per Dad's wishes.
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Published in Daily News on May 13, 2014