Clifford W. "Sonny" Aikens, Jr., 78, of Clymer, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Corry Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Columbus, Pa., the son of the late Clifford and Dorothy Upperman Aikens, Sr.
Clifford graduated from Clymer Central School in 1953. After graduation he worked at Meyerink Milling and later for Ralph Holthouse carpentry. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Clymer until he retired in 1990. Then he was part owner for a number of years in the Colonial Mobile Home Park in St. Cloud, Fla.
Clifford W. Aikens, Jr.
Activities he was involved in were member of the Clymer United Methodist Church and served on several boards in the church, assessor in the Town of French Creek, charter member of the Brokenstraw Antique Tractor Club, member of the Clymer Area Historical Society, had served on the Holland Cemetery Board, member and delegate of Eastern Breeders Association, Agway, and Dairymen's League.
He enjoyed his winters in Florida and Farmall Tractor pulling.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Aikens of Clymer, whom he married Dec. 21, 2002; two sons, Steven (Joan) Aikens of Perry, N.Y., and Scott (Connie) Aikens of Clymer; one daughter, Cheryl (Ben) Wagner of Buffalo, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, Kurt, Taylor and Sarah Aikens, Emily, Wesley and Laura Aikens, Benjamin, Heather (Jeffery) Wang, Bethany and Seth Wagner; two sisters, Phyllis (Robert) VanEarden of Chino, Calif., and Beverly (Daniel) Nikolaus of Anaheim Hills, Calif.
He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Gwendolyn F. Aikens, whom he married Feb. 26, 1955, and who died Feb. 12, 2000; and by a brother, James A. Aikens, in 1948.
The funeral service was at 11 a.m., Monday, June 3 at the Clymer United Methodist Church, Clymer. Burial was in Holland Cemetery. Friends were received from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday at the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer.
Memorials may be made to the Clymer United Methodist Church, or the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 31, Clymer, N.Y. 14724.