Arthur (Art) Aukema, age 89 of Chipley, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Art was born March 16, 1922 in St. Parrish County, Ohio to the late Robert and Fannie (Osinga) Aukema and had moved to Chipley in 1951, coming from Sussex, NJ. He was a self-employed dairyman, a member of the Chipley First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Methodist Men's church group, a member of the Chipley Kiwanis for 25 years, a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington County Farm Bureau, Southeast Milk Inc., the Florida Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc. and the Florida Cattlemen's Association.
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In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a daughter, Joy Aukema Tapps.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Aukema of Chipley; two sons, Robert Aukema and his wife, Sharon of Scottsdale, Arizona, Gary Aukema and his wife, Karen of Chipley; two daughters, Ann Hanson and her husband, Harvey of Ft. Walton Beach, and Patricia Dickson and her husband, Buddy of Chipley; three brothers, Bill Aukema of Grandville, Michigan, Mark Aukema of Hudsonville, Michigan and Nelson Aukema of Byron Center, Michigan; three sisters, Hilda Aukema of Grandville, Michigan, Gracie Hutt of Marion, New York and Elsie Hayboar of Michigan; 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held, March 21, in the Chipley First Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerry May, the Rev. Oliver Scott and the Rev. David Warren officiating. Interment followed in Glenwood Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the building fund of Chipley First Methodist Church, 1285 Jackson Ave. Chipley, Florida 32428. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net.
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Chipley, FL 32428
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 30, 2011