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William Aitken

June 4, 1920 September 5, 2019
William Aitken
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Obituary for William Aitken

William Aitken, 99, of Terre Haute, passed away on September 5, 2019 in Terre Haute, IN.

Visitation will be at 11.30am-1:00pm, Monday, September 9, 2019 at Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th Street. Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm with Reverend David Rockhill of Maple Avenue Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military services by V.F.W. Post #972.

William Aitken was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to William and Jean Aitken on June 4, 1920. He graduated from Garfield High School – where he first met his lifetime partner, in 1938. He married Helen Louise Armstrong on February 24, 1944 in Parris Island, South Carolina. He graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1942. He worked as a dentist for 45 years and was twice selected Vigo County Dentist of the Year. He was a veteran of World War Two, serving as a lieutenant in the Navy and providing dental care to American soldiers during the US Occupation of Japan.

He was president of the Terre Haute Lecture Club, a lifelong member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, president of the St. Louis Dental Research Group, on the board of directors of Sunset Harbor Inc, and a 50-year member of both the Shriners and the Scottish Rite. He was an avid golfer and played until the age of 96. After retiring he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for ten years, and later joined Helen in delivering Meals on Wheels.

William Aitken was an accomplished private aircraft pilot, a skilled award-winning watercolorist and a member of the Wabash Valley Art Guild. He was tirelessly creative, whether in woodwork and antique clock collection and repair or in designing innovative fiberglass kayaks and mobile homes. He and Helen were lifelong travelers, whether to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, the scenic splendors of Ecuador or the wilds of Kenya.

William and Helen Aitken have been longtime members of Maple Avenue Methodist Church.

William Aitken is preceded in death by his parents, William and Jean Aitken and his brother James Aitken.

William and Helen Aitken celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in February.

William Aitken is survived by his beloved wife Helen; his children Judith Aitken Fell of Tampa, Florida, William Aitken of Montreal, Canada and Janet Aitken of Wellington, Colorado; and by grandchildren Lara Fell Hendrix and Barrett Fell of Tampa, Florida, as well as three great grandchildren, Addison Fell and Alexandra and Grayson Hendrix, all of Tampa, Florida.

Memorials may be given to Maple Avenue Methodist Church or Meals On Wheels.

The family of William Aitken wish to extend their sincere thanks to the dedicated caregivers at Westminster Village and Hospice of Wabash Valley.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

9

Sep

11:30 AM 9/9/2019 11:30:00 AM - 1:00 PM 9/9/2019 1:00:00 PM
Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home

605 South 25th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home
605 South 25th Street Terre Haute 47803 IN
United States

Service

Monday

9

Sep

1:00 PM 9/9/2019 1:00:00 PM
Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home

605 South 25th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home
605 South 25th Street Terre Haute 47803 IN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Roselawn Memorial Park Final Resting Place

7500 N. Clinton Street
Terre Haute, IN 47805

7500 N. Clinton Street Terre Haute 47805 IN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church

1203 Maple Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47804

Meals on Wheels

300 S. 5th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
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