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Richard “Dick” Atkinson
Richard “Dick” Atkinson

Richard “Dick” Atkinson, age 75, of Monroe, died on Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 7, 1945 in Monroe, the son of Robert and Madeline (Loeffel) Atkinson. Dick was a graduate of Albany High School in 1963 and MATC.

Dick married Joy Widuch in Madison in 1966; later, Dick and Debra Blum were united in marriage on June 24, 1989 in Madison.

Dick was employed with the Park and Rec department for the City of Madison, and most of his time spent taking care of the golf courses. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, watching his daughter, nieces and nephews sporting events, watching the U.W. Badgers. He loved his dog, pappe; and his cats, especially, sweet potato. Dick and his neighbors enjoyed driving their UTV’s together. He was fond of sitting on his porch and watching the wildlife in his backyard.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Atkinson of Monroe, children: Wendy (Dick) Geiger of Madison, Jamie Atkinson of Los Angeles, CA; grandson, Wesley; brother, Dennis (Elizabeth) Atkinson of Albany; sisters, Gail (Eugene)Briggs of Albany and Janet (Rick) Flood of Brooklyn; father-in-law, Darold Blum.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son Timothy Atkinson, and mother-in-law, Kathleen Blum.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10:00 am till 12:00 noon, at the SHRINER-HAGER-GOHLKE funeral home in Monroe.

Per Dick’s wishes there will be no funeral service.

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