John C. Atkins Sr., 84, Defiance, passed away Saturday morning, June 1, 2019, at GlennPark of Defiance.

He was born May 1, 1935, to Eugene and Sylvia (Hacker) Atkins in Jane Lew, West Virginia. On September 25, 1953, he married Mary Lou Sandy, who preceded him in death in 2003. John worked as a police officer for Defiance Police Department, retiring after 23 years on the force, and also worked at the Valentine Theater in the projection room in his younger days. He was a member of Masons Omega Lodge 564 in Defiance. John enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, going to auctions, garage sales and Goodwill, collecting reel to reel movies, and NASCAR cars, especially Jeff Gordon, and handing out candy at GlennPark. John will always be remembered for being generous, and giving and thinking of others first.

John is survived by his sons, John (Marsha) Atkins Jr. of Weston, W.Va., and David (Mary) Atkins of Defiance; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and his sister, Sarah Leah of West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Lou Atkins.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. today, June 4, 2019, at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Schaffer Funeral Home, with Celebrant Deb Miller officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to any Defiance area food pantry. Online condolences can be given at

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