Joseph Paul Atkinson, 67, of Montezuma, died at 12:01 a.m. May 4, 2016. in his residence. He was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Smokey Row, Ind., to Paul Milton Atkinson and Maxine Reynolds Atkinson.
He served during Vietnam in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Independent Baptist Church in Montezuma.
He married Barbara Jane Hamke on March 26, 1971, in Montezuma, and she survives. He also is survived by one son, Paul "Skip" and Shauna Atkinson of Montezuma; one daughter, Heather and Randy Atterbury of Montezuma; brothers and sisters, Leon and Vicque Atkinson of Montezuma, George and Debbie Hamke of Montezuma, Gary and Judy Hamke of Fairview, Pat and Mike Tarwachie of North Liberty, Ind., Kay and Joe Morris of Riley, Libby Atkinson of Peru, and Lisa and Randy Kneeland of Rosedale; and grandchildren, Chelsea Atkinson, Alex Atkinson, Brogan Sanders, and Natalee Atterbury, all of Montezuma.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Edna and Paul Atkinson; mother and step-father; Maxine and Stanley Tarwachie; brother, Harold "Pee Wee" Atkinson; and grandson, Brock Sanders.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Independent Baptist Church in Montezuma. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Military honors will be performed by Parke County Veterans Organizations. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Independent Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Montezuma, IN 47862. Online condolences may be made at:
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