on December 31, 2013 - 9:22 PM
Nov. 22, 1925 – Dec. 30, 2013
Kendall J. Atkinson, of Orchard Park, who was one of the principals of Mason Benz and Atkinson, Certified Public Accountants, and who served in Patton’s 3rd Army during the Battle of the Bulge, died Monday in his Orchard Park home following a brief illness. He was 88.
Born J. Kendall Atkinson in Ogdensburg, Mr. Atkinson graduated from Watertown High School in 1943 and from Clarkson College in 1949, where he captained the basketball team and received the Top of Class award.
He served in the 29th Infantry Division with Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army, crossing the Rhine in the Battle of the Bulge and liberating Zwickau in Sudetenland in 1945.
Mr. Atkinson was a partner in Henry Holt and Co. CPA’s from 1950 to 1966, when he joined with Ray Mason and Norman Benz to form Mason Benz and Atkinson, which specialized in corporate accounting, medical practice and portfolio management. He retired in 2000.
Mr. Atkinson was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Orchard Park.
He was a past president of the Orchard Park Kiwanis Club, a member of the Orchard Park Country Club and one of the founding fathers of Orchard Park Little League in 1960. He received the lifetime service award from the Kiwanis for 45 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Alice Ryan; three daughters, Barbara J. Coleman, Judith M. McMahon and Janice A. Smith; three sons, Thomas K., James A. and Peter J.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Marks Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.