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Memorial for Ricky G. Atwell

Born in Columbia, South Carolina on Mar. 15, 1955
Departed on Jan. 22, 2018 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
 

  
Ricky G. “Rick” Atwell, 62, of Albany, passed away Monday at the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House.

Rick was born in Columbia, South Carolina to Coy and Evelyn (Baker) Atwell. He married Ruth Vondracek in Madison, Wisconsin on April 27, 1990.

Rick received degrees in Anthropology; a B.A. from the University of South Carolina, M.A. from Portland State University, and completed PhD coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He had a deep passion for his chosen field of archaeology and worked in the Southeast, Midwest and Oregon. Also an artist, his art was inspired by his love of wildlife and the outdoors. Rick loved his family and was a true friend to the many people he met throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; brothers, J. Robin Atwell of Vero Beach, Florida and Danny Atwell of West Columbia, South Carolina; and sister, Patty Atwell of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorial donations in his name may be sent to the National Wildlife Federation or the National Geographic Big Cat Initiative.
  

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