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Obituary for Russell Ernest Atkinson

Russell E. Atkinson, age 98, a resident of Woodbury, MN passed away on September 24, 2022.

Russell was born on October 6, 1923 in Dewey Township, Burnett County to parents Cyrus and Marjorie (Walker) Atkinson. He grew up on the family farm and attended McCarty School through eighth grade.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy Engle on November 1, 1942. They lived in Dewey Township and Red Wing, MN until Russell was drafted. He served in the Philippines and Japan. After his return, they moved to Webster, WI then to St. Paul, MN until their retirement in 1985. After their retirement they divided their time between Webster, WI and Rockport, TX.

Russell is preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy; son, Alton Ray; parents, Cyrus and Marjorie; brothers, Thomas Ray, Cyrus Foss, Leslie Edward, Jimmy Lynn, Lyle Eugene, Robert Leon, Curtis Earl and Lester Dale; sister, Kathleen (Hotchkiss).

He will be greatly missed by his children, Russell Atkinson, Linda Atkinson, Peggy (Ronald Lewis) Atkinson; daughter in-law, Carol Petrykowski; six grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Neil and John (Linda) Atkinson; sisters in-law, Sandy Atkinson, Nancy Atkinson and Myrna Atkinson; along with many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services will take place on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM (visitation from 10:00 - 11:00 AM) at Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Interment will follow at the Hertel Lakeview Cemetery in LaFollette Township, WI. Pallbearers are Rick Lewis, Tracey Stoeckel, Brian Atkinson, Jennifer Hansen, Sam Stoeckel and Delia Stoeckel.

Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences can be made at