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The 85-year adventure of Jerry Atkinson came to a close on April 10, 2017.  Soon after his passing social media lit up with photos and memories of him.  Words like funny, smiling, hardworking and generous were used to describe him.  He was a mentor and teacher to many.  Jerry was one-of-a-kind and lived life his way.

Jerry loved the outdoors and hunting.   His favorite passion though, was working on houses.  He was a junk picker and house flipper long before it was cool.  He was happiest with a hammer in one hand and paint brush in the other.  Jerry loved family get togethers.  He hardly missed a one.  His annual corn roasts years ago were family favorites and fodder for many memories. 

He loved his family; wife Gert (Teachworth) Atkinson, sons Randy (Terri) Atkinson, Rick Atkinson, Rod (Beth) Atkinson and daughter Velvet (Brian) Atkinson-Fuller.  His siblings, Doug (Carol) Atkinson, Connie Welton, Ron (Kay) Atkinson, Betty Knight (deceased) and Dale Atkinson (deceased).  Jerry loved his grandkids Aaron, Amber, Cris, Jeremy, Rachel, and bonus grandson Myles, great grandkids, nieces and nephews.  They have many Gramps and Uncle Jerry stories to share!

Jerry was a veteran of the US Naval Reserves, retired from the State of Michigan, and a self- employed painting contractor.  He was a generous giver to many charities and a Boy Scout Troop leader.

The family invites you to join them on Saturday, April 22 from 1pm-3pm for a Memorial Luncheon at the Faith Fellowship Church at 3955 E. Price Rd., St. Johns, MI  48879.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jerry's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com 

Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

 

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  1. "sister" Connie Welton on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  2. Ronnie & Kay on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  3. Paula Beck on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I sure picked a great family for my daughter and granddaughters to be part of! I will forever be greatful for all Jerry did for them. If the rest of the world loved work as much time as he did, everyone would have their own fixerupper and be rich with $ and satisfaction! What a guy. Can’t wait to snowmobile and fish with our dads in heaven.



  4. Doug,nancy maurer on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  5. Jeremy atkinson on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Grandpa,
    We all miss you! You have a special place in all our hearts. You touched everyone of us in a special place most wouldn’t understand. I hope by now you are on a hunt of a life time. You will always be on my mind. We as ur grandkids couldn’t have asked for a better person to call grandpa. We all love and miss you. Enjoy your new adventure



  6. Rick Benjamin on April 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My heart and prayers go out to the entire Atkinson family. Gerry was a man you never forget and will be sorely missed. I have several fond memory’s of him and recall his joy of showing off his work with pride. May the following days bring you peace as you celebrate his life and make sure at the luncheon you don’t season his meat. Lol



  7. Velvet Atkinson Fuller on April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Bland food was his signature diet! :) Thanks for the laugh, Rick!!



  8. Sandy winn on April 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Jerry’s love of life will live on thru his family. My deepest sympathy to all.



  9. Terri atkinson on April 15, 2017 at 12:00 am


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