Bruce William Atkins, 75, of McCook died Saturday ( April 15, 2006) at the Veteran's Hospital in Omaha.
He was born Nov. 27, 1930, at Malta Ridge, N.Y., to William and Mattie (Long-Caudwell) Atkins.
After his high school graduation he entered the U. S. Army on May 22, 1951 and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on March 21, 1957.
On June 19, 1967, he married Emma Parde at Warez, He was a heavy equipment mechanic for Western Engineering of North Platte and McCook Equity as a mechanic for several years. He had lived in the McCook community for more than 40 years. He was a member of the McCook Eagles Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents, William and Mattie Atkins; wife, Emma Atkins in 2003; step-son, Virgil Parde; step-son-in-law, Paul Johnson; and two sisters, Ruth Carpenter and Ilene Atkins.
Survivors include step-sons, Eldon Parde and wife, Sharon, of McCook and Lelond Parde, and wife, Darlene, of Mira Loma, Calif.; step-daughter, Marleen and husband, Ben Garcia, of McCook; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given in his name. Friends may sign his book during business hours or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Friday, at Carpenter Breland Chapel with Jerry Beckenhauer officiating. Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery, 1. p.m., at Maxwell
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.