Atkins, Chad Alan -
Plainwell - I hope you can rejoice and be glad for me today, for I'm WALKING with my Jesus. I have never felt this way. Embraced by Heaven's glory and the power of His grace, I'm walking with my Jesus. We are STANDING face to face.
Chad is now standing face to face with his Lord. He entered into his eternal home on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Chad was born on Thursday, March 25, 1971 to Fredrick and Kathleen (Brown) Wendt. He graduated from Loy Norrix High School in 1992. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Chad worked for WaY FM Christian radio station in Kalamazoo until the station closed. He absolutely loved his position as a Donor Support Specialist and enjoyed working with his wonderful co-workers who became his friends. Chad had a big infectious smile and an even bigger heart. He absolutely loved to laugh! He enjoyed life to the fullest and never met a person he didn't like. He enjoyed being on the computer and Facebook. He liked watching old classics on TV and following politics. He was a member of Alamo Community Congregational Church. Chad leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his parents Earl and Kathleen Atkins; his beloved grandparents, Robert (Fran) Brown of Delton and Barbara (Jack) Shoemaker of Plainwell; his step-siblings, Rodney Atkins and Wanda Lohrenz. He also leaves behind his loving aunts and uncles, his cousins who he loved so very much, many wonderful lifelong friends, and two furry friends, Annie and Lucy. He was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick D. Wendt, in 1991 and his paternal grandparents, Herbert J. Wendt in 1980 and Beatrice R. (Walker) Wendt in 2012, his step-brother, Jeffrey S. Atkins in 2014 and his beloved Aunt Jo (Barb Sanford) in 2020. Chad was looking forward to celebrating his 50th birthday on March 25, 2021. A Celebration of Life party will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Due to Covid-19 final details are forthcoming. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell. Memorial contributions may be sent to the ASPCA (American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in tribute to his beloved furry sisters, Sophie, Lily and Molly or to the Alamo Community Congregational Church. We pray that those who knew Chad can say that their lives are better for having been a part of his journey.