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Alfred S. Atkins

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Alfred S. Atkins, 78, of Fairbanks, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at Bassett Army Community Hospital at Fort Wainwright.

Mr. Atkins was born March 13, 1922, in Muscatine, the son of Alfred Kinsley Atkins and Ethel Alice Kellums.

He received his early education in Muscatine. He received an Associate's degree in fire management from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

In 1939 he served in the U.S. Cavalry in Fort Des Moines, until joining the Army Air Corps, now known as the Air Force. He was transferred to Ladd Air Force Base now known as Fort Wainwright, in 1954.

He served as fire chief at Fort Wainwright Fire Department from 1961 until his retirement in 1979, completing 40 years of federal service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, curling, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Atkins of North Pole; four sons, Alfred Atkins Jr. of Arizona, Richard Atkins of Florida, David Atkins and Michael Atkins, both of Fairbanks; five daughters, Sharon Hanratty, Sheila Beavers, Carol Reed, all of Washington, Debbie Hall of Fairbanks and Cathy Baldwin of North Pole; three sisters, Bertha Stickrod and Rosemarie Atkins, both of Iowa and Dorothy DeVore of Muscatine; two brothers, Ray Atkins of Michigan and Delbert Atkins of Iowa; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and daughter, Susan, and three grandchildren.




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