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Jack Atkinson, 81, of Owensboro, Kentucky, formerly of Lancaster, NY passed away on January 13th, 2012, after an 8 month battle with pancreas cancer at Halifax Health Hospice Center in Edgewater, FL. He was born in Runnernede, NJ to John Atkinson Sr. and Reba Louise Stillwell who both predeceased him. John lived most of his life in the NY, NJ area and after retiring made his home where his motor home took him. Wintered in New Smyrna Beach, FL at the Sugar Mill Travel Park. John is survived by: Beloved wife, Mary Maude; sons, John Atkinson III (Chris) and Scott Atkinson of Marlton, NJ, Kerry Atkinson of Weston, Florida; stepsons, Richard Curry (Ginny), Owensboro, KY, Brent Curry (Donna) Philpot, KY; and stepdaughter, Debbie Dukes, Owensboro, KY,; grandson, Brent Atkinson; and granddaughter, Kerrianne Atkinson of Lewiston, NY; seven step grandchildren; ten step great-grandchildren; and beloved nieces, Sharon, Sandi, Susan, Sonia an Stacy. He was predeceased by a son, Mark Atkinson in 1991, sister, Verna (Frank) Hille and first wife, Dorothy (Dee) Atkinson. He served his country proud as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Attended Rutgers in Camden, N.J. where he majored in Business Administration. John retired from Suprema Specialties, Inc., Paterson, NJ as Vice President Marketing Development. Worked At Sorrento Cheese Company, Buffalo, NY as Division Sales Manager: Dairylea Cooperative, Inc. Syracuse, NY as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Kraft Dairy Group, New York, NY as General Sales Manager. He held many awards in the Dairy field. He was named Salesman of the Year - Philadelphia District; Kraft Dairy Group; Director - Food Industry Executive Council; President - Food Industry Executive Council and Supplier of the Year Award - Presented by the New York State Food Merchants Association. After retirement in 2001, he become a full time traveler and visited all the states in the USA except Hawaii. He loved traveling and was always ready to get in his motor home and hit the road. In John's younger days he was a bronc rider and loved the rodeo. He carried his last card from The Rodeo Cowboys Association, Inc. dated 1955 with him at all times. Past year he and wife traveled the Western states where they attended 8 rodeos. Jack took his last scenic route to Heaven taking all the back roads he could find before entering Heaven. A Memorial Service with full military honors has been scheduled on Saturday, January 28th, at 1 PM at VFW Post 4250, 2350 Sunset Drive, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Donations in his honor can be made to Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler. 4140 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32141.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 20, 2012
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