John W. Atkinson

January 12, 1929 ‒ April 18, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John W. Atkinson, age 82, of Mansfield, passed away Monday morning April 18, 2011 in his home following a long illness.

He was born January 12, 1929 in Mount Morris, PA, the son of the late John W. and Grace (Wamsley) Atkinson.

John retired from General Motors, where he worked in security with 33 years of service. He served two years in the US Navy, and was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Nancy Atkinson of Mansfield, daughter Yvonne Waddle of Crestline, step daughter and her husband Judy and Herb Bucher Galion, step sons Richard Snyder, and Jeff Cooper of Crestline; stepson and his wife Bruce and Laurel McCartney of LA; granddaughters Rachael Barnhart and Katie Waddle; step grandsons Andy Bucher and Joe Cooper; nieces Cindy and Sue Fletcher.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a son John Miller Atkinson, and a sister Joan Fletcher.

At John’s request, compassionate cremation with a graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. in Greenlawn Cemetery, Crestline. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran’s Burial Detail. Pastor Tj Waters will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, through Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

The Atkinson family has chosen the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, and private condolences to them may be made by