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August 14, 1938 – Thursday, October 28, 2010

Service Information
Church of St. Mary in Waverly, Mn.
Monday, November 1, 2010
10:30 A.M

Visitation Information

Ervin Edward Atkinson was born August 14, 1938 to Fredrick and Elizabeth (Stueve) Aktinson in Upsala, MN. He graduated from Upsala High School in 1956 and graduated from Saint Cloud State University in 1960. He taught industrial arts at Upsala High School for three years.

On June 26, 1962 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Headley at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala, MN. They were blessed with five children: Timothy Michael (1963), Steven Edward (1964), Patricia Kaye (1965-1966), Suzanne Marie (1969) and Michelle Ann (1970).

The family moved to Columbia Heights for five years before moving out to a farm in Waverly in 1969. Erv taught at the Columbia Heights Jr. High School and then spent most of his years teaching electronics, power mechanics, home wiring, etc. at the Columbia Heights Senior High School. He retired from there after 31years in 1994. He farmed until 2000 and then had an auction sale and retired from farming. He went on to become the maintenance and cemetery caretaker for St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly for nine years until a brain tumor was found in 2008.

Erv and Marilyn traveled in the winter to all the southern states for thirteen years until settling for the winter in Palm Harbor, FL the past three years. They have met many wonderful people on their travels.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Atkinson of Waverly, MN; children, Tim and wife, Vickie of Ramsey, Steve and wife, Joanne of Delano, Suzanne Ericson and husband Michael of Maplewood, and Michelle Larson and husband Bradley of Crystal, 12 grandchildren, Jami (Kyle), Jason, Erica, Courtney, Alexander, Jeremiah, Rachel, Paige, Westin, Brianna, Jessika and Valerie, and two great grandchildren, Saydee and Sicily; brothers, James and Marie of Upsala, Richard and Rita from Little Falls, Fred and Evie from Litchfield, Donald and Kathy from Hamel, John and Marlys from Upsala, and David and Gay from NC; sisters, Alice Koshenina and Tony of Roberts,WI, Helen Heisick and Kenneth of Holdingford, and Irene Lashinski and Gene of Bowlus; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Erv was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Patricia, brother and sister in law, Jerome and Marina Atkinson and other relatives.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Erv Atkinson will be held on Monday, November 1st at 10:30 A.M. at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 31st at the church from 4-8 P.M. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited Sunday evening at 7:30 P.M. Further visitation will be held on Monday, November 1st beginning at 9:00 A.M. at the church until time of services.

Chilson Funeral Chapel, Winsted, MN is proud to have served the family.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Vonnie & Joe Mueller

    May God be with you all in your sorrow. We have lost a wonderful brother-in-law and friend.
    Sincere Sympathy and Love.


    To Steve and Joanne and entire Atkinson family: I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He leaves quite a legacy behind.

  3. Sharon Lance

    We express our sympathy to the family. Sharon Lance, Activity Director, Fiesta Village, Mission, Texas

  4. Leroy Simonson

    I’m sorry to hear about Erv’s passing and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones. I believe our son, Dave, considered him one of his best teachers at Columbia Heights. I’m sure he was missed when he retired.

    God bless!!

  5. Brent Casey

    Marilyn (extended family and friends-)
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Erv
    and I’m also sorry that I couldn’t be there at the funeral to both pay my respects and to tell you these thoughts in person.


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