Wayne Atkinson

June 23, 1960 - December 4, 2015
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Wayne Atkinson, 55, of Rockford, IL, died suddenly Monday evening, November 30, 2015 at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, IL. Wayne was born June 23, 1960 in Rochelle IL, son of Lester and Martha (White) Atkinson. Wayne attended Genoa-Kingston High School. He was employed by Greenlee Textron for 27 years, in Genoa, IL where he was well respected by the people who worked alongside him. He had a huge passion for riding his motorcycle, and going to air shows.

Wayne is loved and will be missed by his son, Tyler; mother, Martha Atkinson, siblings, William (Maria) Atkinson, Earl Atkinson, Donna (Jon) Kummer, Patricia Grisales, Martha Montero and Laura Kirk. He is predeceased by his father, Lester and brother, Roger.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2015 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel


218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2015 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008


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Born: June 23, 1960
Died: December 4, 2015

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Michael and Beverly Keef posted on 12/2/15

Tyler and Family, we are so sorry of the sudden loss of Wayne. We were always glad to see him. And enjoyed our short visits. Sending our prayers and thoughts to you Tyler and family. Mike and Bev


Tim Chandler posted on 12/3/15

Tyler & Family. It was with great pleasure I worked with Wayne for the 27 years at Greenlee. Wayne was always quick too smile and bring laughter about the job at hand. He was a true Gentlemen .My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.Tim


Mark Pahnke posted on 12/3/15

So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Wayne over the years and will greatly miss our talks, laughs, and just for being such a great friend! Wayne will be greatly missed by all.


Richard Campbell posted on 12/4/15

Sorry for your loss, Wayne was a great co worker, prayers for your family


Deb Copeland posted on 12/4/15

I was lucky to have worked with Wayne for 26 yrs. He was always wayne the teddy bear. I've never known a man so determined and work so hard to be debt free. He was always someone that made me smile Everytime I seen him. I will miss that great smile!!! He was a very proud dad and he will be greatly missed by everyone escpecially his greenlee family and all us ex greenlee employees. God took a very special man home way to early. Love you Wayne. Deb


Kim Wilson posted on 12/4/15

Prayers sent to your family, best regards, Kim


Garnett (Gee) - your neighbor next door posted on 12/21/15

Wayne was the best next door neighbor anyone could ever have. He voluntarily cut my grass during the summer and ploughed my driveway during the winter. Wayne would never ask for a penny of compensation and when I offered to pay him, he respectfully declined my offer. He just told me "Gee, that's what friends are for". Wayne was my dear friend who would text/call me every week just to see if I was OK or needed anything due to my frequent job travel schedule. Wayne I am so sorry I wasn't home just to say goodbye to you before you left us my friend. However, your legacy of sincere kindness and community lives on brother. May your departed soul R.I.P.