Paul Joseph Atkins, II, age 34, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, died on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at his residence.
Paul Joseph Atkins, II, age 34, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, died on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at his residence. Born in Leavenworth, Kan., on January 24, 1979, the son of Paul Joseph Atkins and Phyllis J. (Land) Engum. He was married to Hope DeMarrias. Paul loved animals and the outdoors. He especially enjoyed fishing for catfish. Paul also liked all kinds of animals and was known for bringing home snakes and spiders, no matter how dangerous the animal was. Playing guitar, drawing, and painting were hobbies as well. Survivors include his wife, Hope; son, Paul J. Atkins, III; stepchildren, Isaac DeMarrias and Brieann Thorsfeldt; father, Paul Atkins and wife, Jeannie; mother, Phyllis Engum and husband, Cary; brother, Matthew Atkins; grandfather, Eugene Middleton; mother-in-law, Claudia Andrews; father-in-law, Kenneth Wilkie; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jasper Land, Naomi McCourt, and Margaret Middleton; aunt, Patricia Land; cousin, Stevie Bray. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 1 p.m. at McNearney Funeral Home, visitation was held from noon-1 p.m. Condolences may be shared at www.mcnearneyfuneralhome.