Michael Wilson ATKINS

Michael Wilson Atkins

SPRINGFIELD - Michael Wilson Atkins of Springfield, Illinois, formerly of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. Michael was born September 30, 1932, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Lorenzo and Marianna Atkins.

Michael enjoyed a law career in Springfield. He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma University College of Law.

He served as an elder and a deacon in his church, First Presbyterian and was a volunteer at Memorial Medical Center in pastoral care.

He was passionate about gardening and the outdoors with a special appreciation for birds and trees. He will be remembered for his fine sense of humor, his compassion and cherished as a friend by many people.

Michael is survived by his wife, LuAnn Massengale Atkins; daughter, Ann Atkins Wright of Bethesda, Maryland; son, Thomas Atkins of Frankfurt, Germany; and daughter, Mary Atkins of Springfield, IL; five grandchildren; brother, David Atkins of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2103, at First Presbyterian Church, 301 S. 7th Street, Springfield, beginning with a visitation at 1:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m., and a reception thereafter.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church (lincolnschurch.org) or Friends of Sangamon Valley (http://fosv.org/).

The family is being served by Wilson Park Funeral Home in Rochester, IL. Visit our online obituary at wilsonparkfuneralhome.com.




Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 13, 2013