John W. Atkins, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away Friday Oct. 26, 2007, at home. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant with the Marine Raiders. He also worked as a district agent for the railroad for 30 years. He was a member of Emmanuel Community Church. Surviving are his special friend, Patsy Bechtold; daughters, Sue Fritz of Fort Wayne and Terri Cabeen of Kokomo; sons, Jim Atkins of Fort Wayne and Tom Atkins of Columbia City; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Atkins of Sun City, Ariz.; sister, Mary Jessup of Indianapolis; and aunts, Kathleen Crawshaw of Indianapolis and Jean Tucker of Avon Park, Fla. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road. Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Pleasant Chapel Cemetery, Huntington County.