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Ronald "Ron" M. Atkins
Date of Death: September, 03 2020


          Ronald "Ron" M. Atkins, 64, Escanaba, passed away on Thursday September 3, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital with loving family by his side after a 14 year long courageous battle with cancer. He was born on December 24, 1955 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, son of Merlin Atkins and the late Mae (Young) Atkins. On August 16, 1980 he married the former Colleen Donovan at St. Anne's Church in Escanaba.
 
          Ron loved hunting and fishing, coaching his daughters sports teams, watching his "westerns", but mostly just spending time with all of his family and friends. No one was a stranger to Ron, and he was always there to help in any way with his big smile and contagious laugh.
 
          He is survived by his father: Merlin (Gloria) Atkins, his wife, daughter: Christina (Joe) Johnsen, sister: Pam (Dave) Postma, grandson: Qwentin Johnsen, aunt: Margaret Laursen, beloved pets: Roxy and Berkley, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
          Ron was preceded in death by his mother and a brother: Randy Atkins.
 
          Friends may call from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 11, 2020 at St. Anne's Church in Escanaba. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. on Friday at church with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating.
 
          In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Delta County Cancer Alliance in Ron Atkins name. Envelopes will be provided by the funeral home.
 
          His family would like to give a special thank you Dr. Ted Oswald and the staff at Cedar Hill Medical Center for their care over the past 20 years, also the staff at Green Bay Oncology, Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Steele and the staff at 2 south at St. Francis Hospital for all their care given to Ron.
 
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Atkins family.
 
          Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.

Condolences
  • "Colleen I’m so sorry for your loss. You know how much I loved Ron. He was a part of the Coleman family for a very long time. May God comfort you and your daughter at this time. "
    -Dawn Devins

  • "Condolences to all the family! Knew Ron in HS. One of those people I was glad to know. Talked to him when he would come to Sault high games when my son played against Escanaba. Football, Hockey, and Baseball always enjoyed those visits. Will be missed."
    -Michael Ojala

  • "I got to know Ron while delivering product to the Escanaba mill . To know him was to like him. He was a fun loving guy with a great demeanor. He was extremely likable ! He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to his Family. We will meet again my friend. RIP "
    -Mark Peloza

  • "I got to know Ron while delivering product to the Escanaba mill . To know him was to like him. He was a fun loving guy with a great demeanor. He was extremely likable ! He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to his Family. We will meet again my friend. RIP "
    -Mark Peloza

  • "To our long time friend may you rest in peace. You were one of the best!! A friend to all who met you. You will be greatly missed. Love, Hugs, and Prayers to Colleen and Family!"
    -Cheryl & Pat McIntyre

  • "sorry for your loss Colleen I never knew Ron had suffered with cancer all those years "
    -Cheryl couillard

  • "Our deepest condolences for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
    -Jan and Kevin

  • "Coleen, deepest condolences regarding the loss of your beloved husband. I'll always remember Ron's kindness and gentle demeanor. Huge virtual hug for you and your family. Love you, Jay"
    -Jay Provorse

  • "Ron always had a smile on his face and could make you laugh no matter how sick he felt. He will be greatly missed. Love you Colleen and Christina and Joe. Hugs. "
    -Kim Mosier

  • "Colleen & Christina, So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. My deepest sympathy to you both. I remember how much he liked baseball when Christina was little. Again, sorry for your loss. Jean Lindquist"
    -Jean Lindquist

  • "Colleen, Christina and to the rest of your families, so sorry you and the world have lost one heck of a loving and funny husband, father, son, brother and cousin! The Lord called him home way too soon. I wonder if heaven needed another great guy to laugh and love. We we’re in the same grade In school. Loved him then and now. I will always miss him. Much love to all."
    -Diane

  • "So very sorry Ron wasn’t able to beat this awful disease. I guess Heaven needed another good guy with a smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.🙏"
    -Pat Denome

  • "A great friend from my younger years and someone I always tried to see when I was back in town. Ron and his family always treated me like one of the family. His smile and laugh will be missed but the memories I will never forget. Rest In Peace my friend."
    -Michael DeWeese


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