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PLAINS – Irvin C. Atkinson, 96, died Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Dodge City. 

He was born Aug. 30, 1920 to William Clyde and Clara Belle (Schmidt) Atkinson in Plains. 

He married Pauline R. Hoskinson Oct. 10, 1954. She preceded him in death March 25, 2015.

He attended the Plains school system, graduating from Plains High School in 1938.  He later attended Fort Hays State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1943. He later attended Officers Training School at the University of Notre Dame and diesel training at the University of California, Berkley.  

He was commissioned in the US Navy, serving on a mine sweeper in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He crossed the Pacific all the way to Okinawa, Japan before the war ended. While serving on the ship, he attained the rank of Lieutenant JG and became the ship’s skipper. 

After being honorably discharged, he returned to Meade County to work on the family farm. 

He was a member of the Plains Christian Church, serving as an Elder for many years.  

He was also actively involved in community organizations, serving on the board of the P&K Credit Union, and the Meade County Soil Conservation Service.  He was awarded the Kansas Bankers Association Soil Conservation Award twice, in 1954 and in 2004, reflecting his long career as a farmer. 

Survivors include son, Galen Atkinson (Rhonda), Burleson, Texas; daughter, Linda Burris (Bruce), Dodge City; four grandchildren: Shiloh Burris (Michele) Topeka, William Atkinson (April), Kyle, Texas, Jennifer Boepple (Brandon), Cypress, Texas, and Phillip Atkinson, Burleson, Texas; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold and Loren Atkinson; and three sisters: Ethel Ramquist, Ruth Michael, and Erma Atkinson.

• Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Plains Christian Church in Plains, with the Reverend Neal Foster presiding.  

Burial will follow at the Plains Cemetery in Plains.

Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary in Meade.  

Memorials are suggested to the Brookdale Senior Living Center or the Young at Heart in care of the funeral home.




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