Dennis R. Atkinson, Sr. 69 of Rockton, IL died at 12:10 am Friday January 9, 2015 in his home. \r\r\n\r\r\n He was born January 11, 1945 in Mitchell, South Dakota the son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl and Helen (Lassegard) Atkinson. Dennis graduated from Mitchell High School. He is a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict serving in the U. S. Army. He married Anne Brock in Rockford, IL. She died in 1984. He then married Janice M. Bea in Rockford, IL on April 5, 1980. \r\r\n\r\r\n Dennis was in employed by Brinks as a driver and guard retiring in 2012. He was member of St. Peter Catholic Church in South Beloit, IL; the Walter H. Graham American Legion Post #332 in Rockton, IL and the VFW Post #2955 in Roscoe, IL.\r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include: wife Janice; daughters Cynthia (Randy) Bontjes, Deborah Kimes, Michele Smith; sons Dennis Atkinson, Jr., Kevin (Leah) Shapin. 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; brothers Ronald (Ruth) Atkinson, Rick (Barb) Atkinson; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, step father Audrey Heine Robinson, daughter Louise Gourley, sons Thomas Hennegan and Randy Atkinson. \r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at11:00 a.m. Friday January 16, 2015 in St. Peter Catholic Church 620 Blackhwak Blvd South Beloit, IL with Fr. Steven M. Sabo officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Rockford, IL . a visitation will be held at McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd Rockton, IL from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday January 15 with a rosary said at 5:30 pm.