Kenneth R. "Ray" Atkinson, 75 of Genoa died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Sims, IL. The son of Bill and Inez (Cantrell) Atkinson. He married Avalon Alderks on Oct. 22, 1955.
Ray was an over the road truck driver for many years. In his spare time, he loved to do yard work, garden and cut his grass with his riding lawn mower.
Ray is survived by his wife, Avalon of Genoa; five sons, Kenneth, Jr. "Beaver" of Janesville, WI., George (Brenda) of Kingston, Brian (Julie) of Hampshire, Ralph (Beverly) of Genoa and Kevin (Judy) of Belvidere; ten grandchildren, Michael Ray, Daniel, Jason Ray, George, Jr., Nicholas Ray, Jacob, Marcus Ray, Alyssa, Shannon Ray and Desiree; five great grandchildren, Kameron, Elizabeth, Loretta, Kylie and Karlie; seven siblings, John, Grover, May, Donald "Punch", Louella, Irene and Andy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter in infancy, Loretta; and one brother, Lester.
His Funeral Service will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 AM at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL., with Rev. James Freund officiating. Burial will be at the White Rock Cemetery in Kings, IL.
Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM at the Slater-Butala Funeral Home.
For information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.