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KENNETH R. 'RAY' ATKINSON, 75 GENOA - Kenneth R. "Ray" Atkinson, 75, of Genoa died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. He was born Oct. 20, 1937, in Sims, the son of Bill and Inez (Cantrell) Atkinson. He married Avalon Alderks on Oct. 22, 1955. Ray was an over the road truck driver for many years. In his spare time, he loved to do yard work, garden and cut his grass with his riding lawn mower. Ray is survived by wife, Avalon of Genoa; sons, Kenneth, Jr. "Beaver" of Janesville, Wis., George (Brenda) of Kingston, Brian (Julie) of Hampshire, Ralph (Beverly) of Genoa and Kevin (Judy) of Belvidere; grandchildren, Michael Ray, Daniel, Jason Ray, George Jr., Nicholas Ray, Jacob, Marcus Ray, Alyssa, Shannon Ray and Desiree; great- grandchildren, Kameron, Elizabeth, Loretta, Kylie and Karlie; siblings, John, Grover, May, Donald "Punch", Louella, Irene and Andy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; daughter in infancy, Loretta; and brother, Lester. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. James Freund will officiate. Burial in White Rock Cemetery in Kings. For information or to sign the online guestbook, ButalaFuneralHomes.com or 815-784-5191.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012
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