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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Tea, SD
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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
6:30 PM
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Tea, SD
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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016
7:00 PM
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Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
10:30 AM
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Darwyn "Doc" Atkins


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Darwyn "Doc" Atkins Obituary
Darwyn 'Doc' Atkins

Darwyn "Doc" Atkins, 80, of Tea, SD, died Monday morning, Nov. 28, 2016 at his home. Darwyn Dean "Doc" Atkins was born on September 6, 1936, to Carroll and Ann Atkins, in Lennox, SD. He was raised in rural Tea and graduated from Lennox High School in 1955.

Doc joined the SD Army National Guard in 1954 and was a proud member of 6 years. He then worked for his father at the Tea Elevator and began a life long career of driving trucks.

On November 29, 1957, he married Bonnie Schuck at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea, SD. This was the beginning of a loving Christian relationship that lasted one day short of 59 years.

He worked for Mobile Oil from 1962 to 1977, when he and Bonnie purchased the Maverick Steak House in Worthing, SD. In 1985 he started Atkins Inc Mail Carriers and built it into a thriving trucking company. His son Brad joined the business in 1991 and continues his legacy today.

Doc is a life long member of Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea, SD. He was an avid golfer and spent many summer afternoons golfing with family and friends. They were devoted Minnesota twins fans. Doc and Bonnie loved to travel. They loved to take their boat and camper to many lakes and rivers to fish and relax. They spent 12 winters traveling to visit family and friends in Arizona and Texas.

Doc loved his family more than anything, and he always made sure they knew how much he loved them. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Bonnie, five children: Deb (Jim) Souvignier, Harrisburg, SD, Tami Veahman, Phoenix, AZ, Bret (Amy) Atkins, Dallas, TX, Kellye (Brian) Stroman, Canistota, SD and Brad (Lori) Atkins, Tea, SD; ten grandchildren: Zach, Ben and Anna Souvignier, Ryan Atkins, Konnor and Grady Atkins, Jamie (Mike) Kooima, Jared (Chantel) Stroman, Ganeene (Brian) Dumdei and Josh Atkins; seven great-grandchildren with an 8th due in February; siblings: Dwayne (Jerene) Atkins, Tea, Ruth Atkins, Sioux Falls, Bonnie Wolthuis, Mary Cain and Ellen (Brian) Krell all of Tea, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Besides his parents, Doc was preceded in death by parents-in-law, John and Emma Schuck, son-in-law, Bill Veahman and great-grandchild, Skuyler Dumdei.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Tea with a lunch to immediately follow, then burial at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Lennox.. Visitation, also at St. Nicholas Catholic Church will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, with the family present, a Rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Dudley House. Dindot-Klusmann Funeral Home, Lennox is assisting the family. dindotklusmann.com
Published in The Argus Leader from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, 2016
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