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Clyde A. Atkinson

December 1, 1937 — March 19, 2024

Farmington Hills

Clyde Allen Atkinson was born in Detroit on December 1,1937, the son of Walter and Olive Atkinson was 86 when he passed away March 19, 2024.

As a Navy/Army brat, he traveled the country only to find himself back in Michigan, in the city of Lincoln Park.

He was a graduate of Lincoln Park High School where he met his high school sweetheart, and wife of sixty-four years, Mary Lee Riley, in the trombone section of their high school band. Clyde & Lee were married on March 22, 1958. They were residents of Dearborn Heights where they raised their three daughters: Pam, Penny and Linda. 

Clyde worked for Ford Motor Company for his entire 40-year career before retiring with Lee to their dream home on Grand Traverse Bay in Elk Rapids.

Clyde was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness. 

He had many hobbies. Boating, fishing, water-skiing, building model cars, tending to his large Hosta collection and loving on his sweet kitty, Maisie.

His other passions were radio-controlled planes, ham radios, and, of course, showing his Classic Orange colored 1996 Mustangs (The Tangerstangs).

Although he has left his children and grandchildren behind, he will always be in their hearts and minds for the rest of their lives.

Clyde is survived by his sister, Lucy Atkinson; three daughters, Pam Poisson (Dan), Penny Potter (TJ), Linda Andrews (Chuck)

Five grandchildren; Claireese (Tyler), Eric (Danielle), Bridgett (Kyle), Wyatt (Kim) and Garrett (Nathalyn)

Five great grandchildren; Maverick, Griffin, Clyde and two on the way.

Clyde was preceded in death by his wife Lee and his brothers, Norman, Glenn and Richard and his parents. 

"A father like you is rare, one that's so generous, smart and kind. A father like you is what everyone needs, full of smiles and laughter, always doing great and fun things. Nothing can replace a father like you." 

Visitation for Clyde will be held Saturday, March 23rd from 1:30 PM until the time of the funeral service at 2:00 PM at Manns Family Funeral Home, 17000 Middlebelt, Livonia 48154.
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