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George Walter Atkinson

August 22, 1924 May 9, 2019
George  Walter Atkinson
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George Walter Atkinson, Sr., of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, passed away on May 9, 2019 three months short of his 95th birthday.  His wife of 62 years, also from Punxsutawney, Marilyn Mitchell Atkinson, preceded him in death.  In 1986 they retired to 518 S. Main Street. Shortly after Marilyn’s death he, along with his brother-in-law, Edwin Mitchell who resided in Punxsutawney for 80 years, relocated to Winston, GeorgiaAt the age of 19 or 20 George entered service in the United States Army Air Corps and became a B-24 Liberator Bomber pilot. He delivered a new B-24 to the 98th Bomber Group in North Africa and flew one combat mission.  He was shot down over Romania and was reported as missing in action.  Russian allies had placed him and crew members in Hungarian homes for life support.  All of his crew members survived the crash and amazingly he was able to recover his downed B-24 and return it to North Africa.  The war was nearly over and upon honorable discharge he returned to civilian life and completed college at Penn State.  He secured a position with Sylvania, later GTE, where he worked for more than 37 years as a Warehousing and Distribution Manager. He loved golf and a highlight of his life was seeing Ben Hogan play.  He golfed well into his nineties, shooting his age or better nearly every round he played.
George is also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Keller and his brother, John E. Atkinson.
He leaves behind four loving children and their spouses: Pamela and Frank Irons, Paula and Zechariah Dotson, Patty and Bill McLean, and George and Mary Atkinson, Jr.; six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
In accordance with his wishes, his body was cremated and his life will be celebrated privately at a later date.
You may share your thoughts and condolences online at www.hightowersmemorial.comHightower’s Memorial Chapel of Douglasville, Georgia has charge of the arrangements 770-489-2818.


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