Victor Aderton
Victor Aderton
  • November 11, 1918 - December 23, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Victor Aderton, 99, passed from this life to his new home in heaven on December 23, 2017. He will be remembered for his love of family and friends, and for his contagious interests in history, gardening, painting, birding and all of nature. Vic's pursuit of knowing God and his creative mind serve as a rich legacy for all who knew him.

Victor was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, sisters Hope and Aileen, brother Tom, and first great-grandchild Caleb Chandler. Vic is survived by his five children, Peggy Aderton, Chris (Norman) Tessier, John (Nola) Aderton, Alex (Ann) Aderton and Aileen (Allen) Davis, and his 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Vic was born on November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, to Alphonso L. and Elsie G. Aderton in Oak Park, Ill. His growing years were spent in Harrisburg, Pa. He studied for two years at Maryville College in Tennessee. Anticipating America's entry into World War II, Vic began training in radio repair, prior to enlisting in the U. S. Army in 1942. He served as a part of the Signal Service Company in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea from 1943 until 1946.

Victor met his future bride, Dorothy S. Karper, in December 1941 at a church event. Their friendship progressed through wartime letters and they married on August 30, 1947. He resumed his studies, enrolling at Lafayette College, and graduated in 1949. Vic took a field executive position with the Boy Scouts of America, first in Pennsylvania and then Virginia. In 1954 he began working with Nationwide Insurance in Lynchburg, Va. After his retirement, the couple traveled extensively, including trips to England, Europe, Israel, Panama, Hawaii, and Alaska. Their love for one another and family remained fervent throughout their 69 years of marriage.

Lynchburg served as home for 55 years, where Vic and Dorothy raised their five children and a succession of pet collies. During that time, Vic volunteered as the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1 and facilitated its becoming the city's first racially integrated troop. Dorothy and he designed a large addition for their home, which served as a special place for the extended family to gather for Christmas and summer visits. They also hosted a weekly Bible study and enjoyed many friendships formed through their involvement in various Christian ministries and church.

In 2010 Vic and Dorothy moved to Williamsburg, Va., where they were loved and well-cared for by family, a team of extraordinary caregivers, friends at Williamsburg Community Chapel, and more recently the staff at Spring Arbor Assisted Living. The family is especially grateful for Vic's daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Norman, who sacrificially looked after both him and Dorothy for nearly eight years.

Burial will take place in Camp Hill, Pa. on January 13, 2018. Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of Victor's life on February 10, 12 p.m., at Williamsburg Community Chapel on 3899 John Tyler Highway. In lieu of flowers, one may honor Victor's life with contributions to International Cooperating Ministries, 1901 North Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666 (