Howard Jay Atkinson 

1953 — 2024


Howard Jay Atkinson passed away at the Platte County Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness on Sunday, April 21, 2024. He was born to Merl and Marie (Wiley) Atkinson on Wednesday, June 17, 1953, in Laramie, Wyoming. He lived at the family ranch at Garrett, Wyoming until he moved to Laramie. He attended and graduated from the University of Wyoming Prep High School in 1972.

Howard had many occupations throughout his lifetime. He worked as a ranch hand for John and Lucille Kafka and Don Robbins at Garrett. He helped construct the Laramie River Power Station in Wheatland, Wyoming. He moved back to Laramie and was employed at the Laramie Block Plant, and later operated an independent trucking business. Howard worked for the City of Laramie as an operator at the landfill until he retired in 2015 after twenty years of service.

Howard moved to Wheatland to pursue his hobbies. He made beautiful bits and spurs, re-loaded ammunition for his friends, and he loved to shoot any gun.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and infant son, Brandon. Per his request, there will be no funeral service, however, a family remembrance will be held later this summer.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Platte Chapel is in charge of the services.

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