Anchorage Daily News (AK) - January 16, 1998
George Edward Atkinson Jr., 72, died Jan. 14, 1998, at his Anchorage residence after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Monsignor Francis Cowgill will officiate. Serving as pallbearers will be his children George Atkinson III, Suzanne Villiers, Patricia Atkinson, Joyce Atkinson, Jane Atkinson and James Atkinson. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery this spring.
Mr. Atkinson was born Sept. 15, 1925, in Trinidad, Colo. He graduated from South Pasadena High School and Pasadena Junior College in South Pasadena, Calif. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II as a tail gunnery sergeant on a B-17 bomber out of Deanthorpe, England.
Mr. Atkinson came to Alaska in 1948 and settled in Anchorage. He was president of A & G Construction Co. from 1955 until retiring in 1986. He built many roads and airports statewide and was involved in real estate and gold mining.
Mr. Atkinson was a member of the Elks and Moose lodges, Pioneers of Alaska, and the American Legion. He also had been a member and past president of the Association of General Contractors of Alaska. He received the Mr. Hardhat Award.
His family said: ''George was an adventurous, fun-loving man with a very generous heart and a kind and caring spirit. He taught all of us the values of working hard and fighting for what one believes in. He was a loving husband, father and friend.''
Mr. Atkinson enjoyed traveling to Mexico, horse racing, gambling, deep sea fishing, golf, playing bridge and pinochle and gold mining.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann Atkinson of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Tom Villiers of California, Patricia Atkinson and Eric Miller of Oregon, Joyce Atkinson of Washington state, and Jane Atkinson and John Spielman of Fairbanks; sons and daughters-in-law, George Atkinson III and Miye Schakne of Baltimore, and James and Teresa Atkinson of Virginia; brother, David of Arizona; sisters, Helen Reed of California, Grace Jenkins of Honolulu, and Clara Smith of California; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 204, Anchorage 99503.