Fred Vincent Atkins
Hermiston September 8, 1937-May 21, 2016

Fred Vincent Atkins was born September 8th, 1937, to parents Wilson and Virginia Atkins in Filbert, West Virginia. He passed away on May 21st, 2016. He was the second oldest of eight children.

Fred served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander and cook. He then worked for the Safeway bakery in Los Angeles for 26 years before retiring. He became active in the Moose Lodge in California before moving to Hermiston, Oregon. Fred became very involved with the VFW Post 4750, Masons, Shriners, American Legion and Grange in Hermiston.

Fred leaves behind his wife of 39 years, Helen Rose Atkins; three children, Joe Sams of Hermiston, Sharlette Digges and husband Richard of San Ardo, California, and Velinda Pinner of Dallas, Texas; sisters Peggy Noland Hix and husband Lonnie of San Diego, California, and Mellisa Jamison of Fall City, Washington; brothers Ron Atkins and wife Ella of Hermiston and Tony Atkins and wife Melody of Fresno, California; grandchildren Angela Stromley and husband Joey, Sondra Guel-Nino, Christopher Digges and wife Bel, and Charles Digges and wife Jennifer; great-grandchildren Tray Moody and wife Lexi, Matthew Husemann, Patrick and Dawson Henry (Guel-Nino), Genevieve, Sebastian, Elizabeth, Penelope, Madeleine and Nathaniel Digges; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fred was preceded in death by his father Wilson Atkins, mother Virginia Atkins, stepfather Dwain Barker, and brothers Howard, Jerry and Jakey Atkins.

He loved his family, country, church and church family. His love and generosity for family and friends will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace. We all love you.

Viewing for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Burns Mortuary chapel in Hermiston. Burial with military honors will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery. There will be a potluck gathering at the VFW Hall, 45 W. Cherry Ave., Hermiston, OR 97838 following the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Country Church, 32742 Diagonal Road, Hermiston, OR 97838.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.

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