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Obituary for Dorothy Jean Atlakson (Riley)

Dorothy Jean Atlakson, 91, formerly of Atchison, KS died on Sunday, February 20th, 2022, at the Two Timbers Nursing Home, Highland KS with family by her side.

A private family Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. The body has been cremated. Memorials are suggested to the Atchison Humane Society in lieu of flowers and may be sent in care of the funeral home. The Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences and remembrances to the family may be left online at

Dorothy was born on July 21st, 1930, in Frankfort, KS the daughter of Minnis and Dorothy (Kaul) Riley. She graduated from the Holton High School in 1948. She was married to Keith Atlakson on July 14, 1953, in Erding, Germany. Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Atchison, KS, the Atchison YMCA where she enjoyed woman’s volleyball and walleyball. If you ever had a conversation with Dorothy, you knew she loved dancing with her daddy as a kid, swimming at the Holton pool, working at the state capital for Paul R. Shanahan, shopping at Talbots and most importantly, she loved Keith. She was funny, feisty, and would protect her family, almost to a fault.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-eight years, Keith Atlakson, of the home, a son, Kevin Atlakson, Gladstone, MO, two daughters, Karen (Bob) Winney, Overland Park, KS and Mary Beth (Kent) Wohlgemuth, Atchison, KS, a brother, Dr. Ken (Cheryl) Riley, Hiawatha, KS, seven grandchildren; Stephanie, Sarah, Erin, Keith, Mathew, Andrew, and Adam, seven great grandchildren and her dog, Debbie-Molly, of the home. Her parents, and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Hochuli preceded her in death.