Joseph Atchley

December 14, 1928December 17, 2011

Joseph Quinn Atchley, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away, Saturday, December 17, 2011. He was born on December 14, 1928 in Illinois, to the late Bryan and Nellie (Sullivan) Atchley. He worked in preventative maintenance during his 43 years at Kunkle Industries. He was a proud member of the Church of Christ-Harlan, IN. He enjoyed writing poetry, playing music, woodworking, yard work, and traveling, but most of all he loved his family dearly. Surviving family include his wife whom he married on May 26, 1950 and spent 61 years together, Marlene O. (Wehrly) of Ft. Wayne; children, Jolene (James) Beerbower of Woodburn, Larry (Deb) Atchley of Cecil, OH, David (Paula) Atchley of Woodburn, Julie (Mike) Mason of Woodburn; siblings, Opal Gentry, Jean (Charles) Tichnor, Millard (Connie) Atchley, Dwayne (Vermalene) Atchley; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by a sister, Alma Eades, and brothers, Chester and Dale Atchley.

A funeral service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Church of Christ-Harlan, IN, 17108 S.R. 37, Harlan with visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be from 4-8 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Rd., Ft. Wayne. Memorials may be made to Harlan Christian School- Children’s Playground Fund.



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 21, 2011
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 20, 2011
  • Visitation Wednesday, December 21, 2011


  • Burial

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Jon Scott

January 8, 2012

I want to send my deepest condolence on your loss. Your dad was a fine man who I had the utmost respect for. Through the years I tried to model my work ethic after his example. He will be missed by all who knew him

Marilyn Arceo

December 20, 2011

Sending our love and prayers. Joe was a very special person and will be missed by all.
Love and prayers,
Paul & Marilyn Arceo

Zeb, Amy & Logan Johnston

December 20, 2011

No words can express the hole that is left in our lives when one of our family is gone. The only comfort we find is in knowing that Grandpa is resting now with our Heavenly Father and we will see him again one day. I am thankful for a Christian Grandpa who taught his children the Word of God which will be carried down through the generations.

Rolan, Karen & Kalyn Rister

December 20, 2011

We send all our love at this hard time. We will always remember the special times that he came over to teach us and it was a big blessing to have him here with us.

We love you Joe ... and will miss your big loving heart !!!

Linsay Wellman

December 19, 2011

A good and loving man, always ready with a word of encouragement. He will be missed.

George Faull

December 19, 2011

One of my favourite people and one of the finest Christians I have ever known. Just to see his face and smile comforted me. He wrote me many encouraging notes and was always complimentary. May his family follow his example in faithfulness in attendance, attempting to wins souls encouraging others and being content to believe what God said.

December 19, 2011

Marlene, I read about your husbands death and I am saddened for you. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Margaret Haber WIlliams
760 Wild Flower Street
Merritt Island, Florida 32953

December 19, 2011

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We are sending prayers and gentle hugs to you all.
Bob & Sonya Herber, Antwerp, OH

Ashlee Wollman

December 19, 2011

You will always be in my heart Grandpa Joe, I know you are up in Heaven watching over us now!