George A. Atkinson, Jr., 98, of Port Clinton, loving son, husband, father and grandfather, peacefully passed Friday, Dec. 2, at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton. He was born March 6, 1924, in Belmore Ordmans, N.J. the son of George Alfred and Harriet Geneva (Gavitt) Atkinson, Sr. He married Betty M. Weis on June 25, 1949, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 19, 2022.
He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran serving in World War II. He served with the 8th Air Force, 524th bomb squad, 379th (Grand Slam) bomb group. His primary duty while stationed in Kimbolton was servicing and loading of B-17 Flying Frotress. George worked at Erie Army Depot until he transferred to Newark Airforce Base retiring in 1974. After retirement he worked for Cedar Point and was a punter at Winous Point Shooting Club in Port Clinton. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton and the Aircraft Owners Pilot’s Association. He previously was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper.
Surviving are his son: Richard V. (Katherine) Atkinson-Miller of Newark; grandchildren: Michael Joseph Miller of Belleville, Mich., Tony Lee Miller of Newark, Tonya Lynn Miller of Newark, Shawna Maria (Ron) Lovell of Newark; great-grandchildren: Brian Miller, Keegan Miller, Darian (Jared) Ritzius, Deyrek Lock, Brendon Lovell, Tonya (Erick) Logan, Alicia Miller; great-great-grandchildren: Natalie, Avery, Maverick, Liam and Cade. He is also survived by his sister-in-law: Eldeen Atkinson, several nieces and nephews and his cat Boots. He was preceded in death by his wife: Betty; son: Joseph M. Atkinson-Miller; siblings: Eleanor Arnold, Lucille Haefling, Gertrude Childs, John Atkinson and brother-in-law: Joseph Von Der Weis.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Neidecker, Crosser & Priesman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1124 Fulton St. Port Clinton, with visitation on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Father Jonathon Wight will be officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Port Clinton. Memorial contributions may be given to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison St. Port Clinton, OH 43452 or Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Rd. Port Clinton, OH 43452. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.neideckercrosserpriesman.com.