William “Bill” Atkins

September 02, 1956 ‒ February 10, 2012

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: With a love for fast cars and thunderous engines Bill Atkins had an appreciation for NASCAR and the sport of racing. Traveling across the nation to be present at numerous races, Bill and his family enjoyed attending races in numerous states.

Along with NASCAR, Bill loved everything Harley Davidson including his Harley motorcycle. On Friday February 10, 2012 William “Bill” Atkins fought the good fight and finished his race after passing away unexpectedly at home. He was 55.

Bill was born September 2, 1956 in Mansfield the son of James and Pauline (Lemons) Atkins and graduated from Lexington High School. On November 3, 1979 he married Michelle O’Brien.

For over 28 years, Bill worked for Summers Rubber Company as a sales representative.

Bill also followed the Cleveland Browns and Indians as well as The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Living in the Lexington area, Bill enjoyed fishing often at the Clear Fork Reservoir and other local lakes.

A naturally talented musician, Bill played the guitar and also sang. With a mischievous grin, he would often crack a joke making the room light up in laughter.

Described as not having a bad bone in his body, Bill was both giving and forgiving to family and friends. A family man, he loved spoiling his two grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife Michelle Atkins of Lexington; daughter Dawn (Rob) Kamen of Mansfield; grandchildren Ian and Ivy Kamen; nephew Jesse Atkins and niece Julie Atkins; sister-in-law Debbie Wagenhals of Marblehead; brothers-in-law John (Kim) O’Brien of Milford, CT and Peter O’Brien of Mansfield; along with numerous extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Donald Atkins; brother-in-law John Wagenhals.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 7pm. Pastor Dave Atkins will officiate. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions to the Bill Atkins Memorial Fund may be made through the funeral home.

Private online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com