Clifford Lee Atkerson, 66, Russell, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born April 21, 1953, in Hoisington to Paris Leon and Mary Ann (Sparks) Atkerson. He was a 1971 graduate of Russell High School and he attended two years at the Salina Area Vocational School for auto mechanics.

He married Rita Dumler in 1973. He was owner and operator of Leon's Tank Service.

Survivors include a son, Craig Atkerson, Hays; a daughter, Cristy Dinkel, Hays; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy R. Atkerson.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell. A Masonic service will also be performed Friday at the mortuary; burial will follow in Russell City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.Thursday with family present to greet guests from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Children's Hospital, in care of the mortuary.