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October 06th, 2022

michael atkinsonMichael Shannon Atkinson, 61, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.  

He was born Dec. 19, 1960 to William R. "Bill" Atkinson and Meredith Lynn (Burton) Atkinson.

He graduated from Liberal High School in 1979 and from the University of Kansas in 1984 with degrees in environmental design and architecture. After graduating from KU, he worked as an architect in Phoenix, Aspen, Colo., and Carmel, Calif., where he worked for the renowned California architect, George Brook-Kothlow.

He grew up playing practically every competitive sport available in Liberal.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and traveling with the family and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at KU.  

He will be remembered as a talented and gifted architect, a standout athlete, and most of all, as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Survivors include brother, Brad Atkinson and wife, Pam, Cary, N.C., and their children Blake and Elise; and cousins, Steve Dodson and wife, Samantha, La Grange, Ore., and Alan Boyd, Los Angeles.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

• Cremation has taken place. 

A private memorial service is planned in the future.

Memorials are suggested to the Southwest Guidance Center in Liberal, KS, whose staff provided Mike with many years of great friendship and support, in care of Hornung Family Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd. Street, Liberal, KS 67901.  

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