William R "Bill" Atkinson

June 19th, 1937 to January 10th, 2017

William Rodney “Bill” Atkinson, 79, of Port Huron Township, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

He was born June 19, 1937 in Port Huron to the late Carl and Ruth Atkinson. He married Joan Sue Pickelhaupt on July 23, 1955 in Port Huron.

Mr. Atkinson retired from Chrysler Corporation as an inspector after 32 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and could be found every Sunday greeting parishioners at the side door. He enjoyed feeding the birds, spending time in the yard, putzing around the house and tinkering. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue; seven children, William “Bill” (Mary) Atkinson, Susan Atkinson, Cathy Brigance, Cheryl (Geoffrey) Hering, Robert (Kay) Atkinson, Tom (Jim Renberg) Atkinson, and Janice (Adam) King; 13 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn (Gene) Beach; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday in Pollock-Randall Funeral.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Timothy Eichberger will officiate.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery. Bill’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. To send condolences, visit pollockrandall.com

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