John Richard Atkins
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John Richard Atkins
75, of Mooresville, passed away on November 10, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. John was born on March 25, 1946 in Springfield, Missouri to the late Verna Atkins and Hazel (Haden) Atkins.
John grew up in Indianapolis, where he was an All-City Bowling Champion, while at Arlington High School. After High School, John proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force, during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism in combat. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post #103, the National Rifle Association, S.A.C Elite Guard (Strategic Air Command), Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis and St. Thomas More Catholic Church. A talented singer, John was lead singer of The Royals in Indianapolis in 1964, which frequently performed at the Westlake Beach Club. He married Dianna (Roberts) on April 12, 1975 and were married for over 46 years. He and Dianna enjoyed the music of The Oak Ridge Boys and traveled to many of their shows, often sitting in the front row. He retired from Eli Lilly and Company after 25 years of service as a drug agent. His philosophy of life was simple, "Nothing is ever as bad or as good as it seems".
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brother Verna Atkins, II.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dianna (Roberts) Atkins; sister-in-law Sharron Atkins; niece Kris May and nephews Verna Atkins, III and Richard Atkins.
Family and friends will gather for John's Life Celebration? visitation on Tuesday, November 16th from 11am- 1pm at Carlisle Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville, with a service beginning Tuesday at 1pm in the funeral home, followed by military honors. A private burial will take place at Washington Park East Cemetery.
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