SPC John Dewey Aid, USA/Ret slipped away peacefully on 16 October 2010, after a hard fought battle with Alzheimer's disease at the E.L. Bennett Florida State Veteran's Home in Daytona Beach, FL. Hospice was with him until the end.
He was born on 21 October 1925 in Ava, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Hilde B. Aid, his daughter Martha-Jean Johnson, both of Orange Park, FL, brother Frank Aid and his wife Frances and their large extended family in Ava Missouri. His parents, James and Katherine Aid, brother Roy Aid and son-in-law, Steven Johnson, preceded him in death.
After WWII started, John misstated his age and joined the US Army. His career assignments included China-Burma-India with Merrill's Marauder's, Germany, Austria, France, Fort Bragg, Fort Rucker, Fort Eustis, Korea (both during the War and after), Viet-Nam, and Fort Campbell. After 30 years of service, he retired from Active Duty in 1972. His service awards include 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge and 29 other awards.
He then worked for the Veteran's Administration in Murfreesboro and Nashville, Tennessee for 8 years.
Mr. Aid never met a stranger and always went "the extra mile" to help people in need. He was very involved in the Smyrna, TN and Silver Springs, FL Lion's Club. His entire life was devoted to service to his country and his fellow human beings. He held life memberships in CBI, DAV, VFW.
Later in life, his passion for golf and fishing kept him busy and in great physical shape. His many friends and family in Ava, MO, Smyrna, TN, Ocala and Orange Park, FL will miss him greatly.
Family will receive friends on Friday, October 22, 2010, 6-8 PM and funeral services will be held 2 PM, Saturday, October 23, 2010, all at HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd, Middleburg, FL. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park with full military honors. Please join us in celebrating his life at www.hollyhillfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's and Cancer Research, Attn: Development, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224.
He has one son, James Aid, in Nashville, TN.