Paul Aften (1918 - 2014)

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Paul W Aften

April 28, 1918 - March 24, 2014

On March 24, 2014, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Paul W. Aften, passed away holding the hand of his adored bride, Edna. Paul was born in Helsinki, Finland, on April 28, 1918, to Waldemar and Alexandra Aften. As an officer he fought bravely, and was decorated in the Finnish-Russian wars. He earned an advanced degree in Engineering in Finland. Paul and his young wife and two children immigrated to America on December 7, 1948.

He enjoyed his cabin in the northern Minnesota woods, cross-country skiing, birding, fishing, gardening, grilling, drawing, soccer, and playing the piano. He was a dedicated scout leader and an inspired ballroom dancer.

In America, he worked for American Air Filter (particulate collection efficiency), Schutz-O'Neill (grinding technology) and as senior engineer at General Mills (food production).

He is survived by his cherished wife of 68 years, Edna; his children: Dick (Beth), Jean (De), Mary, and Carl (Julie); his grandchildren: Heather (Anthony), Erik (Shelley), and Alec; and his great grandchildren: Madison, Hance, Mason, Tess, and Lily.

A stylish, erudite, nature-loving, family man, a pragmatic mechanical/chemical engineer with flashes of musical and graphical whim and keen wit.

A private family memorial is planned to be held at a later date, this spring.

"God saw you getting tired

A cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around you

And whispered "Come to Me."

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer

And saw you fade away,

Although we loved you dearly

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

You're now at peaceful rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best."

Published in StatesmanJournal from Apr. 1 to Apr. 6, 2014