Marilyn E. Aikman

Marilyn Elizabeth Aikman

age 92, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Marilyn was born June 5, 1920 in Chesterton IN to the late Arthur and Mary Celeste (Diehl) Rader.

While attending Indiana University, Marilyn met Richard Aikman, an undergraduate student from Washington Indiana. They were married on October 23, 1941, shortly before Richard left for military service in World War II. Marilyn showed amazing courage and strength as she gave birth to and cared for their first child while Richard was serving overseas. After the war, Richard and Marilyn moved to Indianapolis, where they raised their family of four children.

Marilyn's most treasured role in life was that of wife, mother, homemaker, and eventually grandmother then great-grandmother. She delighted in being Richard's helpmate as he pursued a law degree, then a long, demanding career. She was a wonderful mother, always looking out for her children's best interests and maintaining a fine home for the family. Later on, she became an excellent resource and support for her adult children as they raised their families.

If you were to ask people what they remember most about Marilyn, a typical response would be "She was always feeding people". When you went to the Aikman home, Marilyn would always insist on fixing you a sandwich, a milkshake, fresh squeezed orange juice, or whatever you wanted or needed.

Marilyn was an active member of the Alpha Delta Pi alumni group for many years. She did volunteer work for many charitable organizations, including the Fletcher Place Service League, the Ronald McDonald House, and Second Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member.

She enjoyed golfing (had two holes in one), bowling, and distance walking, completing numerous 5K walks and mini-marathons. She walked her last "mini" when she was a youthful 79 years old. She was quite a sports fan, following IU football and basketball, the Pacers, the Colts, and "my Cubs", as she called the team that she endured for a lifetime.

Marilyn played bridge for more than 70 years, greatly enjoying the socializing as well as the game itself.

She is survived by her 4 children, Karen Dennison (Steve) of Westfield, Richard Aikman Jr. (Judy) of Zionsville, Lynn Aikman Sobering (Guy) of New York, and J. Randall Aikman (Judy) of Fishers; 9 grandchildren, Scott Dennison (Jennifer), Jennifer (Mark) Henninger, Allen (Sara) Dennison, Jonathan (Kate) Aikman, Andrea (Ryan) Conrad, Krista (Darin) York, Jerod Aikman, Jason Aikman, and Abigail Tomasone (Michael). In addition, she is survived by 11 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way), a brother, John Rader of Wisconsin, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Richard, preceded her in death in November of 2011, less than one month after they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Rader of Wisconsin. Memorial contributions can be made to the , 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1180-So., Indianapolis, IN 46204; Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260; or a .

Funeral services will be private.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 26, 2013