In Memory of George "Bill" Atkinson

George "Bill" Atkinson
George "Bill" Atkinson
Born: June 8, 1931
Died: August 29, 2018
Age: 87
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George "Bill" Atkinson
June 8, 1931 - August 29, 2018
From: Nevada, IA

George W. "Bill" Atkinson, age 87, of Nevada, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Nevada Municipal Cemetery with Pastors Myron Herzberg and Jayme Harvey officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  All family and friends are invited to Memorial Lutheran Church, 701 11th Street, Nevada, for a light luncheon immediately following services.

Bill, born June 8, 1931, lived his entire life in Nevada.  He graduated from Nevada High School in 1950, and soon thereafter joined the U.S. Coast Guard.  He was stationed aboard the icebreaker Northwind in the Artic and Greenland during the Korean conflict.  In 1951, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Sue Ann Huhn. 

Bill worked for Karges Service in Nevada.  He later purchased the business and it became known as Bill’s Tire Service.  Later in life Bill enjoyed making fishing lures.  His man cave is decorated with the lures, fishing rods and reels, minnow buckets, and tackle boxes which were his delight.  Annual fishing trips to Canada began in 1950 and lasted until just last summer. 

Bill has three children who survive him: Ann (Daly) Greiman of Little Rock, AR, Jim (Paula) Atkinson of Nevada, and Mary (Jerry) Jones of Altoona.  He has nine grandchildren, Laura Phillips, Jayme Harvey, Amy Beck, Stacie Graham, Jennifer Greiman, Dax Atkinson, Dustin Atkinson, Adam Jones, and Aaron Jones; 11 great-grandchildren, Kodi, JJ, Isaac, Lillybeth, Nathan, Cayden, Wyatt, Summit, Estelle, Adeline, and Asher; and a special nephew, Dan Atkinson.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue; father, Wyatt Atkinson; mother, Lucille Barkus; and one brother, Donald Atkinson.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Bill and his family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.


Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8:39 PM
“Sorry for your families loss. Hugs and prayers to all of you.”
- Bonnie and Denny Melton
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:54 AM
“Jayme and family,
All of us at Casa View Christian Church Church send our love and prayers to all of you at the loss of your beloved Bill, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We hold each of you in our prayers.”
- Gray Powers
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:54 AM
“Deepest sympathies . ”
- Terri Dakarian
Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 8:54 AM
“Sorry for your family's loss please know your in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Mel Gruwell
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 8:52 PM
“To the family of Bill and Sue Atkinson,

I worked at Bill's Tire Service in 1980-81 while completing my graduate degree in meteorology at Iowa State University. Bill and Sue were wonderful to work for; kind, thoughtful and caring. I have so many fond memories of my days at Bill's in Nevada. I learned much about the world of retail and service because Bill was the consummate service station owner and manager. I learned, following his example, of how to treat all customers with respect while making sure the job was done correctly at a fair price. Please accept my sincere condolences. Bernie ”
- Richard (Bernie) Bernatz
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 8:52 PM
“Hugs and prayers to all family and friends. Bill was always a great business man and great person. It is very hard to loose your parents at any age! Rest in Peace Bill, now back with your sweetheart!”
- Dianna Haley
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 3:56 PM
“Thoughts and Prayers are with your family. 🙏 ”
- Steve and Patty Gayman
Friday, August 31, 2018 at 3:56 PM
“My sympathy goes out to all of you. Your parents were so much fun. Let the good memories give you strength at this difficult time. ”
- Phyllis Valline Clark
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:33 PM
“Jim, Paula and family. We am so sorry for your loss. We loved having your parents as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. ”
- James and Mary Ann McIntire
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 8:32 PM
“Ann, I am praying for you and your family. I know losing your dad is so hard for all of you. I hope you can find some comfort in each other and the memories you have.

Tracy Caldwell”
- tracy caldwell
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10:00 a.m.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, IA


Pastor Myron Herzberg
Pastor Jayme Harvey


Laura Phillips
Jayme Harvey
Amy Beck
Stacie Graham
Jennifer Greiman


Mark Hurm, Bagpiper
"Going Home"
"Amazing Grace"


Nevada Municipal Cemetery
Nevada, IA
Military honors by
William F. Ball Post No. 48
of the American Legion