Richard J. Atkinson, 91, of Shady Cove, died June 18, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Atkinson, “Dick”, was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Lynn, Mass. In 1923, his family moved to Los Angeles, where he lived until 1942. He was sent to Pearl Harbor in 1942, and worked as a supervisor of submarine and carrier repair welding for the U.S. Navy. While in Hawaii, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1943. He served as a bomber pilot and saw combat duty in the European theatre.
After the war, he returned to Lacy Manufacturing in southern California, where he became a shop superintendent. He later was transferred to an executive position in charge of their field construction in three western states, Hawaii and Johnson Island.
After the death of his 18 year old son in an auto accident in 1972, he retired and moved to the Rogue Valley with his wife, Ruth, and his daughter, Christine. Here, he was known for his metal working talent as well as his ability to repair almost anything.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; his daughter; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held June 23 at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.