Lonnie Murl Adkisson
Lonnie Murl Adkisson, 66, was born Jan. 21, 1945, in East Prairie, Mo., and died Aug. 2, 2011, in Trinidad. His parents, Gilbert Joseph and Theola K. Adkisson and a brother, Raymond Emanuel Adkisson, preceded him in death.
A graduate of Forest Park Community College, Lonnie also attended Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Missouri. He was a licensed real estate broker in Missouri and was a salesman for the first handicapped van conversion company in the United States. After moving to Denver, he and Vibeke founded and operated AAA Medical Sales, Inc. In 2005, Lonnie and his wife, Vibeke, moved to Trinidad, purchased the historic McCormick Building, renovated it, and opened the Purgatoire River Trading Co.
An avid collector of Southwest antiquities and fine art, Lonnie had a lifetime interest in the Native American culture of our country and the history of the Old West. He was just an old horse trader at heart.
A professional appraiser in Navajo Indian art, textiles and turquoise jewelry, he loved the trading company he founded.
Lonnie was a hard working businessman throughout his life.
His reputation for honesty and integrity is well known throughout the Southwest.
Vendors and customers became his friends. Everyone was welcome to pull up a chair and have a cup of coffee at “The Post.” If you came in the store a stranger, you didn't leave as one.
Paralyzed as the result of a high diving accident at age 18, Lonnie learned to embrace life with courage and bravery. As a result of this accident, he quickly came to understand how precious life is and determined he would live everyday to the fullest. It was an ambition he fulfilled and marked the very nature of his character. The wheelchair that held his body for nearly 50 years could not hold his spirit or contain his passion for life. He never let that chair define him as a man.
Not one to ever complain about his physical limitations, he was an inspiration to those around him. His dry wit and great sense of humor were contagious and he was the master of the practical joke.
Generous with his time and resources, he made each person in his life feel special. He was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and a good friend to many.
Lonnie served in the United States Naval Reserve in Willington, Tenn. He was a member of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and was a Shriner.
He was a life member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and served as its National Service Officer and Associate National Service Director in Washington, D.C. He was uniquely qualified to assist and encourage countless disabled people in their efforts to establish new lives and find the resources needed to live with respect and dignity. Until his death, Lonnie devoted his life in service to others in need and counted it a gift to be able to help anyone he could.
Lonnie leaves behind his beloved wife, Vibeke, of their home, daughters JoEllen (Dan) Sciullo, Golden, Colo., Mette-Margarethe (Tim Acker) Adkisson, Las Vegas, Nev., a granddaughter, Lauren, and three grandsons, Zaven, Cameron and Jordan, a brother, C. Wayne (Doris) Adkisson, Lafayette, La., sisters, June Lamb, Lincoln, Calif., Margot (Junior) Crook and Judy Dundon, both of St. Louis, Mo., many wonderful nieces and nephews, and a multitude of loving friends.
At his request, there will be no formal service, but a “celebration of a life well lived” will be held in the place he loved best, the Purgatoire River Trading Co., 113 E. Main St., in Trinidad. A Street party at the Main and Commercial Street intersection, on the E. Main Street side will be held Sunday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 p.m.
At a later time, family and friends will also honor his final wish and scatter his ashes along the ground on the site of the original Santa Fe Trail, which runs straight through the heart of Trinidad, the home he deeply loved and cared for.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Lonnie's name to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607.
The family has entrusted Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home with the arrangements.