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Allen L. Atkinson

August 17, 1951 — November 13, 2020

Allen L. Atkinson

Allen Leonard Atkinson, 69 of Indian River, passed away at home on Friday, November 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Born on August 17, 1951 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, he was the son of George E. and Pearl L. (Meldrum) Atkinson.

Leonard (Allen) retired from General Motors where he worked for many years in the paint dept. In his spare time he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting with his son and his father-in-law and would go fishing with anyone.

He also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family. Leonard would say “and for the seasoned challengers he would ask, if they were ready for season's beatings, meaning he was going to win.”

He was an accomplished pool player who will be remembered as the family “pool shark”. Leonard excelled at bowling, he had the gift of being able to bowl left or right handed. Leonard always enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends.

Surviving is his wife, the former Sharlene Spencer, whom he married on June 24, 1972.  Survived by his daughter, Bonne Bigelow (Jay Winchell); his son, Allan (April) Atkinson Jr; brothers and sisters, Eugene Atkinson, Dan Cooley, Jim Merenuk, Susie Atkinson, Rich (Cindy) Atkinson, and Brenda (Ed) Reed; grandchildren, Alexis (Mitch) Gane, Travis Atkinson and Tyler Atkinson; great grandchildren, Cannon, Carver and Callie Gane. Sharlene’s brothers and sisters, Paula (Oscar) Luna, Laura Miller, and Ova Miller. Along with nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many friends across the state.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Pearl Atkinson. His brother Pat Atkinson and sisters: Carol Cooley and Susan Merenuk and sister in law Renay Atkinson.

Allen’s family will have a memorial gathering at a later time. Pastor Jeff Gwilt will pray over the family.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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