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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The body of Col. John K. "Jack" Atkinson arrived at Clearview Cemetery Wednesday with full military rites. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Army Caisson Platoon carries soldier's body to final resting place

The family of Col. John K. "Jack" Atkinson laid his body to rest at Clearview Cemetery Wednesday.

Col. Atkinson died July 16, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

A special military funeral was planned in his honor Wednesday.

The funeral featured guards of honor, the firing of volley shots, drumming, a bugle player performing "Taps," and a flag draped over his coffin.

The flag was eventually folded up and presented to the family.

Prior to the service, a United States Army Caisson Platoon carried the body to the burial site.

The body was taken to North Clay Middle School to be picked up by the Caisson. From there, the coffin was taken to the cemetery via horse drawn limber. A riderless horse followed the Caisson, symbolizing a fallen leader.

Atkinson joined the United States Army in 1955 and served in Germany for two years.

Following his active duty service, he joined the Indiana Army National Guard in Brazil.

Col. John K. "Jack" Atkinson
He worked through the enlisted and officer ranks to receive the rank of Full Bird Colonel upon retirement in 1993.

He received many awards in his military career, including The Indiana Distinguished Service Medal, Indiana Commendation Medal, Indiana Volunteer Service Emblem, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and National Defense Service Ribbon.

He was also awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Valley in 1993 by then Gov. Evan Bayh.

Col. Atkinson was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He served more than 37 years in the military.

Following retiring from the military, Col. Atkinson took employment with the city of Brazil as a planning administrator.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church.

Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.

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Jack was a fine man. It was a pleasure to serve under his leadership for almost eight years. The honorable funeral services were well deserved.

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 8:29 AM

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