John Henry Atkins
John Henry Atkins, 71, of Anoka, MN died Thursday, September 19th in Denver, CO.
He was the third child born to the late Clarence E. and Viola Burger Atkins, April 22, 1942 in Anoka, MN.
John graduated from Anoka Senior High school in 1961 and went on to study Agriculture at the University of MN. He married Carol Sorenson of Anoka, MN on May 20, 1967 and they lived in Anoka before relocating to Dassel, MN in 1973.
John was a jack of all trades. He worked for Metropolitan Mosquito Control in his youth and was in the 4 year apprentice program for International Harvester, where he remained for 17 years. He made beautiful cabinets for Barberg Cabinetry, was a diesel mechanic for Hartman Coaches of Victoria, MN and Richfield Bus Company. Between 1992 and 1997, John was driven by his need to help people through work with FEMA. During that time he built homes for natural disaster victims in Grand Forks, Kansas and FL. Throughout this time John maintained an active farm and a love of horses.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel for 36 years and helped with the youth group. John loved to travel with his family in their custom motor home that he built. He loved to garden, play the organ, sing hymns, work in his shop and build things big and small. His quick wit and smile made him loved by all who knew him. He was a humble and generous man who helped anyone in need without question.
John is survived by his wife Carol Atkins of Brighton, CO; Robert and Beth Atkins of Corpus Christi, TX; Christine and Joey Sandal of Commerce City, CO; Patrick and Kimberly Atkins of Dassel, MN; Steven Atkins of Westby, MT; and Amy Atkins of Austin, TX. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Services to be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Anoka, MN at 11:00 am, Saturday Oct. 5th. Internment following at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
John Henry Atkins