The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program to reimburse for the purchase of a casket or urn used to inter a deceased, eligible, Unclaimed Veteran in a VA National Cemetery, is in place. The program allows for the reimbursement to any individual or entity, has standards for the casket or urn purchased, and by law requires that the Veteran died on or after January 10, 2014.
For eligible Veterans who died on or after January 10, 2014 and were interred in a VA national cemetery prior to May 13, 2015 there are special instructions for applying for the reimbursement.
To learn more about the program and how to receive reimbursement, please reference the fact sheets listed below.
Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces, and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Their spouse, widow, or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial.
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ROBERT W. ATKINSON
November 7, 1929 – April 23, 2016
Robert W. Atkinson, 86, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Faith Baptist Church, 23705 East State, Route 2, Harrisonville, with burial in Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonville Parks & Recreation Foundation.
Bob was born November 7, 1929 at the family home in Archie, Missouri, the son of Leroy “Roy” and Bessie (Easterla) Atkinson. He spent his youth in Archie and was a 1947 graduate of Archie High School. He attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri on a basketball scholarship. He was a 1950 graduate of Kansas City College of Mortuary Science, and shortly after joined the U.S. Air Force, serving for two years.
Bob was united in marriage to Jean L. Kennedy, daughter of Edward Lyle and Grace Ellen (Uhrig) Kennedy, on December 31, 1950 at the Harrisonville First Christian Church. They lived in Austin, Texas while Bob was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base. After his discharge, they returned to Archie, where Bob entered the funeral business with his father. He purchased his Uncle Floyd Atkinson’s interest in the business in 1953 and the family moved into the funeral home in Harrisonville. They continued to reside in the funeral home until his retirement in 1993. A funeral director and embalmer for over 40 years, Bob owned and operated the Atkinson Funeral Homes in Harrisonville, Archie and Adrian, Missouri. In addition to running the funeral home, Bob ran the Ambulance service in Harrisonville until the early 1970’s.
Bob and Jean became “snowbirds” traveling first to Florida and later to Apache Junction, Arizona. An avid fisherman, Bob spent winter months fishing for crappie and always returned to Harrisonville with plenty of fish for his numerous fish fries he held for his family and friends.
Always active in the community and his church, Bob was a charter member and deacon of Faith Baptist Church in Harrisonville. He was a Board member and coach of Harrisonville Junior Baseball; an Eagle Scout and a Warrior of Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was past president and member of the Harrisonville School Board (1967-1975); a 65-year member of Cass Masonic Lodge #147 AF&AM, Harrisonville; former member, Ambassador, and past president (1984) of Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed to the first park board in 1963 and had served as chairman numerous times before stepping down in 1986 after 23 years. He was a former member and past-president (1988-1989) of the Harrisonville Rotary Club, and past president of the Kansas City Funeral Directors Association. He served on the Cass County Information Building Committee and its Board of Trustees.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home; four sons, William L. Atkinson, Harrisonville, Missouri, David R. Atkinson and his wife, Virginia, Harrisonville, Robert L. Atkinson, Atlanta, Georgia, and Paul E. Atkinson and his wife, Nancy, Raymore, Missouri; 6 grandchildren, Micheal L. Atkinson, Troy D. Atkinson, Robert D. “Max” Atkinson, Evangeline G. “Eve” Atkinson, Kennedy W. Atkinson, and Virginia Grace Atkinson; and one sister, Lois M. Day, Archie, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nadine Lethcho and Wilma Dickey.
As a father, Bob rarely got angry or raised his voice; but always led by example, we knew what was expected of us. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the community.
(Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com).
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