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Howard W. Atchison, 84

Howard W. Atchison, age 84, of Hastings, died July 8, 2009, at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Howard was born in Prescott June 28, 1925, to William and Velma (Brezie) Atchison. Howard married Ruth Johnson May 18, 1946, at Riverview Apostolic Mission in West St. Paul. He worked in floor coverings as a linoleum layer. Howard served on the Lake Rebecca Restoration Project, and was a member of the American Legion. He also loved fishing and building wooden boats.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gloria Benassi; and several brothers and sisters.

Howard is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Barbara (Frank) McCoy, Carol Johnson, Jim Atchison, and Bob (Agnes) Atchison; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Alfred and Charles; and sister, Bernice Turner.

The funeral service, with Pastor Steve Schoenwald officiating, was held July 13, 2009, at Caturia Smidt Funeral Home, followed by interment in Lakeside Cemetery. The Hastings VFW Lyle Russell Post 1210 provided military honors. Pallbearers were Sean Kelley, Josh Oren, David Oren, Michael Long.

Arrangements were handled by the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings, 651-437-9419,