Charles E. “Ed” Atkinson

Charles E. “Ed” Atkinson
July 6, 1946 – October 26, 2021

Preceded in death by his son, John; parents, Harlan and Annamary; sister, Judy Kneale. Survived by his wife, Ann; son, Kevin; grandchildren: Katelyn, Jade, Machaela (Matt McMullin), Andrea, and Christopher; daughter-in-law, Lori; brother-in-law, Wade Nutzman (Sue); nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service: Saturday, November 6th at 10:30am at Life Church Omaha (20710 Gold Circle).
Private Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to a charity of one’s choice.


Ed Atkinson was born on July 6, 1946, in Omaha, Nebraska, and passed away suddenly on October 26, 2021, at age 75.  Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved “Ed”.

Ed grew up on a small farm close to Union, Nebraska, and helped his dad on the farm.  He had one sister, Judy, who passed away this summer.

Ed attended a one room school through 8th grade and then transferred to Nehawka High School, a very small school.  Ed’s class was 13 students.  He knew and loved everyone.  Ed started dating Ann at prom, and they married August 27, 1967 – just celebrated their 54th anniversary.

Ed and Ann had two sons, John and Kevin, both attended Westside High School and graduated from the University of Nebraska.  Sadly, John passed away several years ago from cancer.

Ed was a golfer his whole life and shared his time with his sons on the golf course and through the years watching the boys’ sports, whether it was baseball or soccer.  Ed and Ann went to all sporting events and followed the teams everywhere.  The last few years they followed their grandson, Christopher “Topher” to a lot of his golf tournaments.  He and Grandpa were golf buddies, sharing wins or losses and lots of emails.

Ed always knew and loved jokes and was always telling them to all!  He loved people.

Ed and Ann started going to Life Church years ago and volunteered their time.  Ed was a greeter to everyone and loved his time there each Sunday morning while Ann was part of the Sunday Morning Host team that helped with the coffee, etc.  They attended and shared in small groups within the church. He will be remembered by all!

Preceded in death by son, John; parents, Harlan and Annamary; sister, Judy Kneale.  Survived by wife, Ann; son, Kevin; grandchildren: Katelyn, Jade, Machaela (Matt McMullin), Andrea, and Christopher; daughter-in-law, Lori; brother-in-law, Wade Nutzman (Sue); nieces and nephews.





  • Ed and Dinah Manning Posted October 31, 2021 9:08 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Remembering the many times meeting Ed and visiting at Hy Vee, seeing him drive by our home. Ed enjoyed sharing thoughts about their golf games.
    May “Ed” rest in peace.

  • Janet and Jim Atkinson Posted October 31, 2021 1:10 pm

    We were sorry to read in the Omaha paper that Ed had passed. We don’t have your phone # and we would like to be able to talk to you. We will always remember our trip to Kentucky. I can remember Ed and his smile.

  • Butch Noordam Posted November 1, 2021 7:58 am

    Ed and I shared many good times on the golf course………..far more than I can recall. We shall meet again…………..God Bless and Keep Aways…………

  • Peggy Baker Karo Posted November 1, 2021 10:21 am

    Ann and families. Sending love and sympathy on your loss of Eddie.

  • Sharon Grauf Posted November 2, 2021 7:17 am

    So sorry to hear about Eddie’s passing. My twin sister Shirley and I were his classmates at the country school near Union and it was called Sciota School. We were the last three to graduate from that school and then it closed after we graduated. We were the only three in the school.

    Rest in peace Eddie.
    Sharon Morton Grauf

  • Jim and Linda Nichols Posted November 2, 2021 12:44 pm

    So sorry for hear about Eddies sudden passing. He was a good man., and very funny at times. My heart aches for Ann. I know she has the Lord right b eside her, she is a special person. Rest in peace Eddie until all our school mate will meet again.

  • Linda S Posted November 3, 2021 1:19 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. Loved to see him on Sunday’s waving and enjoying his time. He would always tease Kynilee about her name. He will be missed at Life Church. Til we meet again Ed

  • Rebecca Lambertus Posted November 4, 2021 5:23 pm

    Ed was always such a friendly face on Sunday morning, even in snow and rain and I enjoyed serving along side him. I imagine him being welcomed into heaven and immediately taking a post at the door to welcome others.

  • Janet Hansen Posted November 4, 2021 9:29 pm

    You have our sincere sympathies in the loss of Ed. Prayers for your family at this time of grief.

  • Dawn S Posted November 5, 2021 4:33 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed Grandpa Ed rolling up in his golf cart for a chat as we both followed the boys golfing the past few years. Much love to all of the family as you grieve his passing.

  • Ronald Gierhan Posted November 13, 2021 9:34 pm

    So sorry to hear Eddie passed away. He was one of my favorite student athletes. As his high school coach, I can say he always gave everything he had to try to help the team win. Proud to have had the opportunity to be his coach.

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