Rev. Ansel J. Atwood, 97, of Charleston, IL passed away Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Pulliam Funeral Home in Hutsonville, IL. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the start of the service. The graveside service will immediately follow at Hutsonville Cemetery, Hutsonville, IL. Arrangements provided by: Pulliam Funeral Home, Hutsonville.
Rev. Atwood was born in Hutsonville, son of Ansel and May (Pearce) Atwood. He married Roberta Jane Rains January 4, 1941 in Paris, IL. She survives and lives in The Villas of Holly Brook in Charleston. He is also survived by his four daughters: Jeanie Atwood of Valparaiso, Joan (Robert) Dresdow of Charleston, Melissa Jane (Edward) Spivey of Hutsonville and Jennifer Golden (Gary) Rownd of Valparaiso, IN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; one niece – Kathy Ann Anderson of Dayton, Ohio and one nephew – Steven Atwood of West Union, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Rev. Atwood was a World War II veteran. He served in the Navy as the Sound Power Phone Operator on the USS Otter, which was a destroyer escort ship. He would detect the German submarines and then alert the destroyer ship, so it could take out the German subs before they could get our American ships. He was honorably discharged with a European-African ME, Area Campaign Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, an American Area Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
After the war, he worked alongside his dad in the Atwood’s Market in Hutsonville. When his dad retired, Rev. Atwood bought the business and became a licensed butcher. His meat case attracted customers even from Indiana.
In 1973 he sold the business, went to Seminary and was ordained a Methodist pastor. He and Roberta enjoyed many years serving our Lord Jesus in church ministry. He ended his active ministry pastoring the First Baptist Church in Hutsonville.
For several years, when his daughters were still at home, the family did evangelistic singing in Crawford County and other surrounding counties. Rev. Atwood’s rich baritone voice blessed many throughout his adult life.
He loved the special benediction found in God’s Holy Word in Numbers 6:24-26: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice with envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences at www.pulliamfuneralhomes.com.