Putney- William Martin “Bill” Aiken, 92, of River Road South, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, December 26, 2017 in the comfort of his son and daughter-in-law’s home, Roger and Linda Aiken surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Aiken was born at home in Westminster, Vermont on August 7, 1925 the son of Guy and Villa (Cater) Aiken. He attended Westminster schools through the 8th grade going to work early to help support his family.
A proud U.S. Army veteran, he served his country during World War II stationed in the European Theater of Operation in Great Britain.
He had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for the town of Dummerston Highway Department retiring in 1990. Previously he worked for the town of Putney Highway Department and also worked for many years for Green Mountain Orchards. In his early years he assisted with the day to day operation of the family farm.
Active civically, he was a member of the Putney Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years. He was a devoted family man and cherished time spent with his family.
An ardent outdoorsman, he enjoyed haying, cutting firewood, puttering around his home and operating one of his prize possessions’ a 1957 Ford Major tractor that was purchased new by his family 60 years ago. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.
On June 15, 1952 at the Putney Federated Church he was married to Mary Elsie Blood who survives.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 65 years he leaves four sons, Leonard Aiken and his wife Jeri of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, Roger Aiken and wife Linda of Putney, Bruce Aiken and William Aiken also of Putney, two brothers, Delbert Aiken of Springfield, Vermont and Henry Aiken of Buffalo, New York, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
He was predeceased by five brothers, Lyle, Roy, Wallace, Robert and Lee Aiken.
Graveside committal services with full military honors will be conducted in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the springtime when the cemetery reopens. A memorial gathering is also planned in conjunction with the graveside service, to be announced by the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Aiken’s name may be made to the Putney Volunteer Fire Department, 14 Main Street, Putney, VT 05346.