Douglas J. Atkinson

October 16, 1936 ~ August 25, 2018 (age 81)

Douglas J. Atkinson died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the age of 81. He was born in St. Johns on October 16, 1936 the son of Thomas and Helen (Kasper) Atkinson.  Doug had several jobs during his working career. He worked for Pohl Brothers, General Motors, but primarily he was a painter. He painted homes, both interiors and exteriors working alongside his brother Jerry and their company, Maple Leaf Painters.  In 1986 Doug married Carol Murphy Douglass and she survives him. Also surviving are his children, Julie (Jerry) Slocum, Doug (Amy) Atkinson, Bill (Karen) Atkinson, Lori (Jim) Smalley, Bruce (Toni) Douglass, Julie Wagar, Renee (Jeff) Conant, Mervin Douglass and Brian (Cheryl) Douglass; grandchildren, Baireid Slocum, Erik, Jake and Callie Atkinson, Coleton Atkinson, Heather and Andy Christmann, Natalie and Patrick Douglass, Ashley Douglass, Tara Bellingar, Mike (Jamie) Bellingar, Shawna (Mike) Reese, and Chris (Michelle) Smalley; great grandchildren, Noah Brawner, Lilly Grace Christmann, Bryce Douglass, Avery Smalley, Michael and  Kayelynn Bellingar, and Mason Reese; one sister, Connie Welton; one brother, Ron (Kay) Atkinson; many nieces and nephews,and his beloved cat Beau. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jerry and Dale Atkinson; a sister, Betty Knight and a grandson, Simeon Slocum. The family will receive relatives and friends from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August, 29, 2018 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29th with Pastor John Jakus officiating. Memorials may be made to Kyomi’s Gift Foundation.  Please send donations to Barry Community Foundation, Kyomi’s Gift Fund, 231 S. Broadway St, Hastings, MI 49058 or go to  Some of Doug’s favorite words of wisdom were, “back up and go ahead”, “hold the farm”, “so glad you could see me” and “little peeler.”

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