William M. Aikin
William M. Aikin
  • January 2, 1927 - December 9, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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William "Bill" Melville Aikin, 90, of Dallas, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017. He was born on January 2, 1927, in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late George & Mildred (McClurkin) Aikin.

Bill proudly served our country in the United States Army during World War II. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri. In his early years, Bill was a salesman for various companies, including Johnson & Johnson and Hallmark. Bill retired from Cain Food Industries, where he completed his career as Vice President of Sales. He and his wife, Pat, then founded Crown Properties, a real estate company and Crown Graphics, a printing company.

Bill's favorite pastimes included: reading, playing golf, bridge, watching the news, family gatherings and following the Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys. Above all he had a tremendous love of travel. He enjoyed not only the adventure but the planning as he poured over maps and kept notes only he could read in his always present pocket calendar. Spending time with people brought him great joy during his lifetime. Bill was known as the ultimate family bartender, a welcoming host, a wonderful storyteller who was known for bestowing nicknames to guests as well as family and friends. He loved to laugh and always enjoyed a wide variety of music playing in the background. More than anything, he adored his beloved Patsy. For 40 years, on a daily basis, Bill and Patsy exemplified a love that people wait a lifetime for.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Bruce Aikin; and sister, Jane Marston. He will be greatly missed by the family who will lovingly cherish his memory: his beloved wife, Patricia (Bice) Aikin; eight children, Linda Aikin of Santa Fe, NM, Christine Aikin of Spokane, WA, Marcia Aikin of Tucson, AZ, Scott (Jacie) Aikin of Coppell, TX, Craig (Christie) Aikin of Dallas, TX, Russell (Carol) Tatman of Carrollton, TX, Michael Tatman (Stephanie Watson) of Dallas, TX, and Marty (Jeffrey) Harris of Boston, MA; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one expected great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 5-8pm in Ted Dickey West Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 11:00am, followed by a reception at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society. Those wishing to send their condolences or sign the online guestbook may visit www.teddickeywestfuneral.com.

*****Due to severe allergies, arrangements with lilies, eucalyptus or pine will not be accepted.*****