March 23, 2010
10:30 A.M., Saturday, March 27, 2010
Trinity Reformed Church
Begins at noon on Friday, March 26, 2010
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Hospice of Pella
Music Ministries of Trinity Reformed Church
Melanoma Research Foundation
March 16, 1950 - March 23, 2010
Michael Lynn Atkins, son of Dana and Irene Baresel Atkins, was born March 16, 1950 in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1965, the Atkins' family, including Mike's two younger sisters, Jan and Jill, moved to Oskaloosa.
Mike graduated from Oskaloosa High School, received his B.A. in education at William Penn College and his M.A. at Northeast Missouri State University. Mike taught the sciences at Oskaloosa High School where he taught for 35 years, retiring in June 2007. Mike also coached cross country at William Penn College for several years where he met his future wife, Cyndi.
On March 26, 1988, Mike was united in marriage with Cynthia Joanne Deal in Oskaloosa, Iowa. They lived at Keomah Village near Oskaloosa. They were blessed with two children: Benjamin Dana and Megan Patricia. The family moved to Pella, Iowa, in 1999.
Mike's love for music began when he was five years old. He was excited and diligent about practicing the piano and participated in several piano competitions including national piano auditions. He was organist for St. John's Lutheran Church and College Avenue Friends Church, both in Oskaloosa. He accompanied the Oskaloosa high school choirs and traveled the country with the choirs performing during Mass at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota; at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis; for the Cadets in worship at the Air Force Academy; for the sisters at Bethlehem Convent in Chicago; and on the magnificent Casavant Organ at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis.
He and his family are members of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella where Mike was a former Music Director, organist and Sunday School teacher.
Mike was diagnosed with melanoma and fought a courageous battle until Tuesday, March 23, 2010, when he went to be with his Lord at the age of sixty.
Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Cyndi and children Benjamin and Megan of Pella; mother Irene Holroyd of Hot Springs, Arkansas; sister Jan Windsor and husband Doug of Ft. Madison, Iowa, their daughter Kendra Weingart and husband Greg and great niece Presley of Johnston, Iowa; sister Jill Sines and her daughter Hanna of Tucson, Arizona; and in-laws: Bill and Judy Deal of Panora, Iowa.
Mike was preceded in death by his father: Dana Mac Atkins; step-father: Dale Holroyd; grandparents: Art and Marie Atkins and Otto and Marie Baresel; mother-in-law: Pat Deal; and several other dear relatives.
Mike enjoyed playing cards and was the undisputed Liverpool rummy champion. He enjoyed golf and loved seeing his son outdrive him when he was only nine years old. He saw God most closely when he was under a bright blue sky, in a canoe on a river or the Boundary Waters. He never saw a gadget that he didn’t like, however there are a few back at the house that we don’t know how to operate. Mike intensely studied the Bible and examined his life. During the final days of his life, Mike held tight to a paper outlining his faith statement, “When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He died for all my personal sins, giving me total forgiveness and a home in Heaven.”
His love of God and family was amazing. He will be greatly missed.