Aidas Vladas Kriauciunas
50, passed on March 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, IN after a five year battle with cancer.
Aidas was born the eldest son on June 1, 1963 in Kankakee, IL. He was raised in Lansing, MI and completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in chemistry/biochemistry. He then obtained a Master's degree in the same studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where he met his wife. During the 25 years he enjoyed working at Eli Lilly & Company, he made patented contributions to drug discovery that were applied to research for diabetes.
He enjoyed spending time with family, sports of all sorts (playing volleyball, cycling the Hilly Hundred, log chopping at the Laudaga family cottage, keeping up-to-date on his Spartans), taking action photos at his daughter's show choir/soccer events and his son's pole vault/soccer events, and indulging in a love of craft brews. He was well known for his intelligence and witty sense of humor.
Aidas was a first generation Lithuanian-American and those roots ran deep. He was a graduate of the Ziburys Lithuanian School in Detroit and a member of the Ateitininkai (Futurists) Youth Organization. For a number of years he attended and worked at the Dainava Lithuanian Youth Camp in Manchester, MI and his children also attended the camp. He was an active member of the Indianapolis Lithuanian-American community.
Aidas was a modest and generous man of faith and family. He was a strong man and always there for his family and friends during daily life, crises and celebrations. He displayed these qualities with grace and dignity during his illness. His family and friends are blessed to have known him and to have learned from his example of a life well lived. He will always be loved, remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 25 years, Tracey, daughter Audra, son Vytas; parents Romualdas and Grazina; brother Aras and nephew Alex; brother Aldas, sister-in-law Irena and nephews Gytis and Andrius; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Bucha nan - Washington Park North . Online condolences may be made at http://www.flannerbuchanan.com. A Celebration of Life viewing will be held at the funeral home on March 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on March 10 at St. Monica Catholic Church, Indianapolis, IN with final visitation starting at 9 a.m. We invite everyone to participate in the Mass and in the Mercy Meal afterwards. Flowers are welcome as are donations in his memory to the Camp Dainava Foundation (campdainavafoundation.org).
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