John Henry “Jack” Atkins

John Henry “Jack” Atkins, 81, of Hopedale, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 7, 1937, in Hopedale, Ohio a son of the late William Henry and Mary J. Dunlap Atkins. Jack was a retired coal miner having worked at Y&O Coal Company; he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force; and a member of Hopedale American Legion Post #682, the Hopedale Sportsman’s Club, UMWA and Veterans Organization #7477.

He was preceded in death in addition to his parents; by a daughter, Jackie Akers; a brother, Art Atkins; and two sisters: Dorothy Wickliff and Hannah Saxton. Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patricia “Pat” Ward Atkins; three daughters: Tammy (Nip) Mattern of Cadiz, Tina (Harold) Hill of Hopedale and Lisa (Scott) Shultz of Hopedale; son-in-law, Warren Akers of Hopedale; two brothers: Andy Atkins of Jewett and Donald Atkins of Hopedale; two sisters: Marjorie (James) Ward of Hopedale and Mary Beth Atkins of Alabama; eight grandchildren: Casey (Josh) Smith, J.R. (Ashley) Phillipson, Lindsey (Bill) Vergitz, Cody (Brittany) Mattern, Shannon Shultz, Jacob Hill, Derek Shultz and Leah Akers; and eight great-grandchildren: Sessly, Caleb, Jax, Finn, Joel, Keeland, Sawyer and Rylee; and his last surviving Uncle, Lloyd “Wimp” Dunlap of Zanesville, Ohio.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 3-7 at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz where funeral service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hopedale, Ohio.

Military Honors will be conducted by the Hopedale American Legion. The memorial guestbook may be signed at


  1. Tammy and Nip
    We are truly sorry for the loss of your Father. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in the memories and the love you shared with him.


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