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Official Obituary of

Deighton Leon Atkisson

November 18, 1930 ~ February 27, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Deighton Atkisson Obituary

Deighton Leon Atkisson, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on February 27, 2024, at Hammond Henry Long Term Care-Geneseo. Per his wishes he will be cremated, and a family graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery-Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory are in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Smile Train or Hammond Henry Long-Term Care Garden Fund. Condolences can be left at

Leon was born on November 19, 1930, to Styles Elmer Atkisson and Gladys Velma (Jones) Atkisson in Woodston, Kansas. He attended 1st grade at a rural school in Graham Co. where his mother was his teacher. In grades 2-7 he attended the Wyatt rural school in Rooks Co. which was named after his great grandfather. He attended 8th grade in Woodston, where again his mother was his teacher. He moved to Stockton at the end of his freshman year and graduated from Stockton High School in 1948. He attended summer school at Fort Hays State College, and taught at the Hrabe school for two years, and the Maddy school for one year. Then he went back to college, was a member of the Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity and received his bachelor's degree in 1953, and his master’s degree in 1955. He was a grade schoolteacher for 21 and a half years, principal at Sherrard Elementary in Illinois for 14 years, retiring in 1985.

On May 29, 1955, he married Phyllis Lou Grosh at the Bowen Christian Church, Bowen, IL. To this union two children were born, Alyson Anne Morrisson and Brian Leon Atkisson. After retiring he spent summers in Illinois and winters in Florida where he was a realtor for Century 21 and a tax consultant for H&R Block. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Sun City Center, FL, where he served as an elder and on several other committees. Leon had a passion for plants and flowers, and he collected vases from all over the world. He loved to travel and was fortunate to be able to visit all 50 states, 7 continents and many foreign countries. He met his traveling companion, Bob, in Egypt after Phyllis’s death in 2005. His simple philosophy of life was “Do good and forget about it”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phyllis his wife of 50 years, son, Brian Atkisson, brother, Robert and grandsons, Alan, and Tyler Morrisson.

Leon leaves behind to cherish his memory daughter, Alyson (Mike) Morrisson of Clive, IA; grandchildren, Preston and Colton Atkisson of Geneseo, Cortney (Tyler) Fullerton of Geneseo, Kelsey (Bert) Collin of West Des Moines, IA; great grandchildren, Braydon, Shae, Skilynn, Sadie, Lawson, Shiloh, Oliver, Kinsley and his namesake Deighton Leon; extended relatives and treasured friends.

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