Charles Atkins Jr.

Charles Atkins Jr.

DANVILLE – Charles Raymond Atkins Jr., 66, of Danville, formerly of Urbana and Savoy, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Chuck was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Chicago, a son of Charles and Doreen Atkins.

Survivors include his daughter, Devin Atkins Dugan of Champaign; his son-in-law, Niko Dugan of Champaign; and his ex-wife, Lynn Jacobs of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jennifer Dubois Atkins; and his brother, Terry Atkins.

Chuck was a 1969 graduate of Irving Crown High School in Carpentersville. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

A lifelong Buddhist, he was the author of "Modern Buddhist Healing," which chronicled his use of Buddhist practices as he underwent chemotherapy while successfully battling Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1987. He authored several other books on the subject.

Chuck also had a resume-writing business and was the night manager at Urbana's Courier Cafe. In 2012, he moved to the Danville Senior Apartments on the VA campus, where he became an "Angel Wings" volunteer with the nascent No One Dies Alone program.

Chuck had several letters to the editor published in The News-Gazette. In July 2009, he wrote critically about a visit to the Illinois Department of Revenue in Springfield, prompting a visit from a revenue agent that became the subject of a Jim Dey column.

Chuck was known for his quick wit and snarky humor, easygoing attitude, and ability to effortlessly ingratiate himself with all those he met. He will be missed.

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TJRatfink wrote on July 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm

RIP my lifelong friend. I'll see you in the next world-don't be late!


Thomas Filip

Ventura CA