LLOYD CHARLES AIKENS
Lloyd Charles Aikens, 94, of Alpena died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 peacefully at home with his great nieces, Stephanie and Sarah Southwell, at his bedside. He was born in Alpena on Sept. 4, 1923 to the late Charles and Malvena (Paquin) Aikens. He married Beverly Southwell on Sept. 28, 1950 at the First Congregational Church, where they enjoyed a lifetime membership therein.
Lloyd was very proud to be a World War II veteran in the United States Army. He fought in The Battle of The Bulge, where he “wore out two belt buckles” crawling across Europe. He eventually earned the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest. During this time, his feet became frozen, landing him in the hospital in England.
Lloyd was an avid hunter and spirited member of the Alpena Country Club for many years, where he enjoyed golfing and socializing with friends. In his final days, he took much pleasure in watching the sailboats and freighters from his kitchen window. He eagerly anticipated the appearance of the Lady Michigan to the wreck of “The Shamrock” directly in front of his home, waving to the tour boat which his nephew, Matthew Southwell, serves as the First Officer.
He is survived by his sister, Florence Aikens, sister-in-law Janet Southwell, nieces and nephews Doris Hipps, Bonnie (David) Horsfield, Gailyn Southwell, Susan Southwell, Matthew Southwell, and several great nieces and nephews. Lloyd was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Beverly, his sister, Marjorie Huggler, and brothers-in-law, Andrew Huggler and Gordon Southwell.
Per his wishes, Lloyd has been taken for cremation. Visitation will be held at McWilliams Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Lance officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to be made to Hospice of Michigan. Online condolences may be registered at www.mcwilliamsfh.com.