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Obituary of Richard John Atkins
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Atkins. Richard passed May 21, 2022, much too soon, at the age of 62, in his home, with his loving wife by his side. Richard was born on June 26, 1959, in Macklin, Saskatchewan to George and Mabel Atkins. He was one of 9 siblings: Tom (Eileen), Linda (John), Lana (Ken), Joan, Marcia, Peter (Nadine), Ilene (Steve), and Warren (Yvonne). Richard grew up on the Atkins family farm in Macklin, Saskatchewan. Richard married the love of his life, Elaine Vogel, on June 4, 1983. Through Elaine, Richard gained 11 additional siblings; Brenda, Loyed (Joan), Evelyn, Darryl (Lorraine), Grant (Sam), David (Audrey), and Valerie, and two wonderful parents; John and Pauline. Richard and Elaine lived together for 17 years in the Macklin house Richard built himself while he continued to farm the Atkins family homestead. Richard purchased his first water truck in 1999 and began his career in the oil field. In the following years, Richard and Elaine owned and operated water, hydrovac and vac trucks. Richard and Elaine built their dream home in 2001 in Hayter, Alberta where they created beautiful memories together for the past 22 years. Richard leaves behind his wife, Elaine; his 2 girls, Nicole, and Michelle (Keal); grandchildren, Ezechiel and Anna; as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, siblings and many friends. Richard was predeceased by his parents, George and Mabel; brother, Tom (Eileen); parents in law, John and Pauline Vogel; brother-in-law; John, sister in law, Lorraine. Richard lived a short but full life. He was a husband who truly loved his wife. He would do anything for Elaine, big or small and was never short on compliments. Richard always made time to chat with neighbours and had endless energy to play with his grandkids. Richard was a generous father, attending almost every game his girls played, building a volleyball court in the backyard, teaching them how to maintain their vehicles, driving them to and from events, and would always answer their calls anytime, day or night. Richard will be remembered for his warm, friendly, positive attitude, and ability to chat to anyone for hours. He saw the best in everyone and always gave others a second chance. Richard was kind, dependable, and optimistic. Richard, Dad, and Grandpa you will truly be missed. Mass of Christian Burial for Richard will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Provost, Alberta. Interment to follow at the Provost Cemetery. For more information, please visit: www.gregorysfuneralhomes.com
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