NORMAN — William Howard Atkins II, who in his earthly life played French
horn in both the Denver Concert Band and in the Mostly Strauss Orchestra, is now making music on the highest of plains. Born on May 14, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Howard made his transition Friday, April 4, 2014, in Denver.
Sooner born and bred, Howard grew up on Brooks Street in Norman, graduated from Norman High in 1956, and the University of Oklahoma in 1960. He married Judy Murrell in 1963 (divorced 1978) and Carol Homburger in 1986.
Although an Okie at heart, Howard loved his adopted state and explored it by motorcycling and camping. He enjoyed sailing his boat and traveling around the country in his RV.
As a young member of the Naval Reserve, Howard went on several cruises to the Caribbean and Peru. In later years, Howard and Carol were able to take trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Great Britain and Europe, but the best trip of all was when he drove the Alaska Highway with daughter Lisa and family to their home in Alaska.
Howard was predeceased by his father, William Howard Atkins, M.D.; his mother and long time Norman teacher, Ruth Stricklin Atkins; and his sister Frances Eliska Atkins, M.D.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Atkins of Denver; his sister, Linda (John) Desmond of Walla Walla, Wash.; and his three children, William Howard Atkins III of Palmer, Alaska, Amy (Drew) Homburger of Denver and their children Liam and Sophia and daughter Lisa (Jim) Lackey of Palmer, Alaska, and their son Tanner. He is also survived by a wonderful blended family created when he married Carol. They include Phil and Debbie Homburger and their children Erin, Heidi, Ashley and Adam; Dave and Michele Homburger and their children Leah, Sean and Molly; Steve Homburger and Teresa Sparkman and their children Jason (Natalie) Young and Katie Young; and Andrew and Amy Homburger and their children Liam and Sophia.