Loren L. Atkinson, 82, of Chrisney, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Linda White Hospice House in Evansville. He died peacefully, surrounded by his children who already miss him greatly.
Loren was born on February 15, 1938, to Allen D. and Anna Lee (Esterline) Atkinson. He was a graduate of Chrisney High School and Lockyear Business College, and a proud veteran of the United States Air Force Reserve.
Loren was a dutiful provider for his family, having retired from Alcoa’s Warrick Operations after many years of loyal service. His passion was for farming, however, and he enjoyed viewing and continually improving his farmland, as well as restoring his tractors and other implements, until very near the time of his death.
A Freemason, Loren was a member of Bloomfield Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Loren was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016, and was initially told he could expect to live approximately eight months. His determination, his appreciation for life, and good medical care enabled him to carry on bravely and effectively for over three years. In every aspect of life, he was a pillar of strength.
Loren is survived by his three children, Valerie Jayne Parrish (Jason) of Evansville, Mitchell C. (Tamara) and K. Vincent, both of Newburgh; his brother, Ray, of Boonville; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and longtime friend, Pat Kramer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Carole (McQueary) Atkinson.
Loren’s family would like to express their appreciation to his oncologist, Dr. Maqbool Ahmed and the staff at the Chancellor Center for Oncology for their most capable and compassionate care of their dad. Much appreciation is also expressed for the Linda White Hospice House and their staff for having made a short time there much more grace-filled.
A celebration of Loren’s life will be at Boultinghouse Funeral Home, Youngblood Chapel, 36 E Market St. Chrisney, on Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m., with burial following in Bloomfield Cemetery. Rockport American Legion Post 254 will provide military honors.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, with a Masonic service at 1:45 p.m. The family encourages and appreciates your attendance, and requests that personal contact be kept to a minimum, per social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Chemo Buddies (chemobuddies.org) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St.Jude.org). Friends may send a condolence to the family at http://www.BoultinghouseFuneralHome.com.