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Ervin E. Atkinson, 72

Ervin Edward Atkinson, age 72, of Waverly, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at his residence.

Erv was born Aug. 14, 1938, to Fredrick and Elizabeth (Stueve) Atkinson in Upsala, MN.

He graduated from Upsala High School in 1956, and continued his education at Saint Cloud State University, graduating in 1960.

Erv taught industrial arts at Upsala High School for three years.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Headley June 26, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala. 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 31 years in 1994.

Erv 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 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008.

Erv and Marilyn traveled in the winter to all the southern states for 13 years, until settling for the winter in Palm Harbor, FL the past three years. They met many wonderful people on their travels.

Erv is survived by his wife, Marilyn Atkinson of Waverly; 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.

He is further survived by brothers James and Marie of Upsala, Richard and Rita of Little Falls, Fred and Evie of Litchfield, Donald and Kathy of Hamel, John and Marlys of Upsala, and David and Gay of North Carolina; 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; his daughter, Patricia; brother and sister-in-law Jerome and Marina Atkinson; and other relatives.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Father Timothy Cloutier was the celebrant, and interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 31 at the church from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Knights of Columbus Rosary recited at 7:30 p.m.

Honorary casket bearers were Mark Atkinson, David Atkinson, Jeff Atkinson, Peter Koshenina, Tommy Atkinson, and Lloyd Lashinski.

Casket bearers were Kevin Atkinson, Steve Halvorson, Charles Heisick, Leo Ripplinger, Richard Atkinson, Derrald Meyer, Don Marketon, and Mike Young.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com