Maxwell John Aiken
September 27, 1925 - May 12, 2013
SALEM - Maxwell John Aiken, age 87, died on May 12, 2013 at his home in Salem, Oregon. He suffered from several age-related diseases.
Max was born on September 27, 1925 in Fremont, Michigan. His parents were Lawrence and Gertrude (Inman) Aiken. The family included two sisters, Uleala and Lois.
He was educated in Fremont schools and received a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Michigan
in June 1948. Other degrees and diplomas earned were Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, the Council for Clinical Training and a M.S. degree in Education from Oregon College of Education.
Max served in the U.S. Army from September 1945 to November 1946. He also served in National Guard units in California and Oregon. In December 1964, he helped evacuate Salem Hospital and parts of Keizer during the flood. Max and Evelyn and their growing family lived in Westfir and Springfield, Oregon; western Montana; and Berkeley and Yreka, California before settling in Salem. His employment included a summer of smoke jumping, the timber industry and serving as a pastor. He ended his working years as a counselor for Marion County Juvenile Court and Mid-Willamette Jobs Council.
In his active years, he was an enthusiastic member of Capital City Exchange Club and Masonic Lodge Pacific 50. His memberships reflected his concern for God's creation and included the Nature Conservancy, National Resource Defense Council, the Audubon Society and National Wildlife Federation. Heifer Project was another interest. He was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Max's many interests included Volksmarching, birding, bee-keeping, and cross country skiing. He loved to travel and visited many parts of the U.S., as well as Germany, India and the U.K. He always tried to communicate in their languages which was sometimes hilarious. His sense of humor was unique. He read widely and enjoyed theology, science fiction and natural history.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn, two sons David (Kay), Jonathan (Sharon), two daughters Maxanne Landolt, Jennifer (Wayne) Mathews. There are five grandsons: Andrew (Sarah) Landolt, Derek Aiken, Benjamin (Tiffany), Nicholas and Caleb Mathews. A special joy was added to his family with the births of three great-granddaughters- Ruby and Sofia Landolt and Lexie Mathews.
The family thanks the good and kind services of the Salem medical community for their expertise and devotion.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marion-Polk Food Share or Westminster Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.
Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.