BERNARD R. AIKEN - BURLINGTON - Bernard R. Aiken, 83, was called home to Our Father in heaven on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He was born on Oct. 28, 1930, in Burlington, the son of Madeline (Barnes) and stepfather, Stanley Filipeak. He was employed at the University of Vermont and formerly lived in Shelburne. Bernard served his country honorably with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict in 1950. He later enlisted in the Vermont National Guard in 1953 and transferred to the U.S. Army until discharge in 1955. He is survived by his cousins, Mary Barnes, and David and Karen Ely and their family, with whom he made his home for the past 21 years; his loving son, Clement "Butch" Wells and his wife, Rita, of Essex; his grandchildren, Anthony Wells of Woodruff, S.C., Michael and Bonnie Ratta of Overland Park, Kan., Michael and Kristina Lahl of Concord, Calif., and Melissa Wells of Essex; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Spring interment will be in Shelburne Village Cemetery. Elmwood-Meunier in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to D.A.V. Chapter 5, P.O. Box 26, Burlington, VT 05402.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 3, 2014