Arnold "Arnie" Atkins
February 16th 1941 to May 2nd 2014
Arnie Atkins passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and wife of 53 years. Although he battled heart disease for several years, he always had a positive attitude and a zest for life.
Arnie was born in Brookings, South Dakota, where he grew up as a boy. He had a paper route and was very involved in his church. He then moved with his family to Thousand Oaks, California, where he worked in his dad's grocery store, "E&K Market." It was in Thousand Oaks that he met the love of his life, Linda Pruett, and they were married in l961. They then moved to Redding, Calif., where he worked for Millers Markets, and their two children (Brad and Vicki) were born. They moved to Oregon and in l974 they purchased Atkins Nameless Thriftway. For the next 30 years the whole family was involved in the business. He loved the grocery business and eventually bought 3 more stores in Aumsville, Stayton, and Salem. During his professional career he was president of Thriftway Supermarkets and chairman of the board at United Grocers, retiring and selling the last store in 2003. In retirement he worked for Chemeketa Book store for 8 years. Arnie loved to hunt and fish while spending time outdoors. He also loved sports and was an Oregon State Beaver season ticketholder for 36 years in both basketball and football. He also loved the Blazers and was lucky enough to meet the Olympic Dream Team. His biggest thrill was watching his 4 grandchildren in all of their activities. Arnie was a family man who deeply loved his wife, kids and grandkids. He was well respected in business and life, with many friends and employees.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Karlene; father; Earl; and sister Erlaine. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughter, Vicki; his son Brad (wife Chris), all of Salem area; and his 4 grandchildren: Anthony, Casey, Kayleen, and Kelsey. Also his brother Ron (wife Sandy) of Chino Valley, AZ, and his sister, Charlene, of Torrance, Calif. and 4 nephews (Jay, Jeff, Brian and Ron Jr.) and niece (Lori).
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wed., May 7th at the Restlawn Funeral Home, 201 Oak Grove Rd. NW, Salem 97304, followed by a gathering at Oak Knoll Golf Course, 6335 HWY 22, Salem, OR. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital.
Restlawn Funeral Home, Restlawn Memory Gardens and Mausoleum - Salem
201 Oak Grove Road NW Salem, OR 97304
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 6, 2014