Jimmy L. Atkinson Sr., 84, of Shell Lake died on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Spooner Health.
He was born on March 6, 1935, in the town of Dewey to Cyrus and Marjorie (Walker) Atkinson, was raised on the family farm, and attended McCarthy School, then Shell Lake High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1958 and served two years including a year spent in Germany.
He was married in Pine City, Minnesota, on June 26, 1962, to Sandra Thompson. They lived in Chicago for six years, and he worked as an auto mechanic before purchasing a farm and moving back to the Dewey township to raise their family. He retired from farming in 1988, then took a position as custodian at Shell Lake Schools. He worked there for 10 years until health forced his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Shell Lake; children, Patricia (Noel) Beaufeaux of Elk Mound, Lisa (Dan) Otto of North Branch, Minnesota, Jimmy Jr. of Stacy, Minnesota, and Kristen (Scott) Carls of Shell Lake; grandchildren, Kyle, Bekka, Mitchell, and April Beaufeaux, Marjorie (Carl Fisk) and Charles Otto, Kimberly and Darren Sahlstrom, Jannah and Brianna Williams, Aaron (Niki), and Cassandra and Elizabeth Carls; four great-grandchildren, Thea Beaufeaux, Ellyana Sahlstrom, Jeremiah Sahlstrom, and Scarlet Skluzacek; brothers Russell Atkinson of Webster, Curt (Myrna) Atkinson of Shell Lake, Lyle Atkinson of Shell Lake, Jerry Atkinson of Gaston, Oregon, and Johnny Atkinson of Menomonie.
He was preceded in death by siblings Tommy, Kathleen Hotchkiss, Cyrus, Ed, Robert, and Dale.
A celebration of Jimmy’s life and sharing of memories will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at Skinner Funeral Home in Shell Lake. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service.
Military honors will be accorded immediately following the service and a meal will follow at Shell Lake Community Center.