Robert Atkinson, Sr.
LORAIN - Robert Atkinson Sr., age 87, passed away on June 25, 2013 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born on Nov. 5, 1925 in Lorain and had been a lifelong resident.
Following high school, Robert began service to his county, becoming a member of the United States' Third Army's Red Ball Express. This was an enormous truck convoy system formed by Allied forces to supply forward-area combat units that moved through Europe after the breakout from D-Day beaches in Normandy, and he also served in combat during the Battle of the Bulge. Upon completing his WWII
military service, Robert returned home to Lorain and began his 50 years of service with the US Steel Corp.
During the great depression, Robert boxed professionally to earn money and was a golden gloves recipient. He served as a 3rd Ward precinct committeeman for many years and also loved photography, Cleveland sports, and his family.
Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret; his children, Anthony, Santo, Terry, Cecilia, Mario (retired U.S. Army
Lieutenant Colonial) and Robert (retired U.S. Army Major); brothers, Walter, Albert and Frederick; a sister, Linda; a combined total of 43 grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews of the Atkinson, Crisp, and Wootten families--whom he loved. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Crisp Wilson; uncle, Lawrence Crisp; sister, Gloria Atkinson; cousin, Dorothy Searight; and daughter, Fanny Edwards.
The wake will be held Monday, July 1, 2013 from 10am to 12pm at Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave., Lorain, where funeral services will immediately follow. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery with military honors.