Donald L. Atkinson, 81, of rural Geneseo, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House, in Bettendorf, Iowa, after a short battle with congestive heart failure. A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Cambridge United Methodist Church. Pastors Les Zook and David Joyce officiated. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, in Cambridge. Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice, Cambridge United Methodist Church or Village Light Church, in Cambridge.

Donald L. Atkinson, 81, of rural Geneseo, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House, in Bettendorf, Iowa, after a short battle with congestive heart failure. A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2 at Cambridge United Methodist Church. Pastors Les Zook and David Joyce officiated. A visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, in Cambridge. Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice, Cambridge United Methodist Church or Village Light Church, in Cambridge.

Don was born Jan. 3, 1937, in Geneseo, the son of John and Hazel (Snell) Atkinson. He graduated from Orion High School in 1955. He married Patricia Hoyt on June 9, 1956, in Andover. She survives.

From 1955 to 1959, Don owned and operated Atkinson Dozing. He served in the Illinois National Guard and the Army Reserves from 1959 to 1965 as a staff sergeant training soldiers. Don served as Munson Township Road Commissioner for 12 years and farmed in Henry County from 1974 until is retirement in 2017.

Memberships include: Cambridge United Methodist Church and Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417. He had served as president of Goose Lake Gun Club for many years. He was an avid hunter, especially for duck and pheasant. He loved to plant milo and other special seeds on his farm for bird and deer habitat.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Bob Allen, of Bettendorf, Iowa; and Penny and Ryan Egert, of Geneseo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Sunita Atkinson, of Portland, Ore.; and Derek and Tamra Atkinson, of Geneseo; 11 grandchildren: Sean and Ginny Allen; Benett and Olivia Egert; Jillian, Ishika and Nikitha Atkinson; and Jen, Justine, Charlie and Lucy Atkinson; and a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Mary Sue Atkinson, of Blue Springs, Mo. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Johnnie.