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Obituary for John Aardema

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John Aardema

March 10, 1923 - April 1, 2011

John Aardema1923-2011John Aardema, age 88, died April 1, 2011, at his home in Ogden, Utah. He was born on March 10, 1923 in Ogden, Utah to Johannas Aardema and Hendrikje De Wilde. Both parents were of Dutch decent. He graduated from Ogden High School and married Anna Mae Terry on November 21, 1942 in Preston, Idaho. She was the love of his life and still is. Mom passed away on February 11, 2003.Dad was a proud Veteran who served and was wounded in WWII. He attended Weber College and the University of Utah. He was an accountant, office manager and purchasing agent before retirement. Dad had said that he had a wonderful life full of happiness with his wife and children. We, John’s four daughters feel we were blessed with great parents who dedicated their lives to their children and each other. John is survived by the following daughters and their children; Diane Aardema, John and Jana Craghead; Carol Mann, Justin and Misty Mann; Beckie (George) Vega, Nickole (Dwayne) Hogan, Brady Vega, Laurie Kippen, and Davin Atencio. He is also survived by four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his brother, Albertus, and sister, Phyllis Potts. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, Helen, who died either before he was born or in his very early childhood. Private graveside services were held on April 4, 2011. Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Born: March 10, 1923
Died: April 1, 2011

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Nickole and Dwayne Hogan posted on 4/8/11

Grandpa left a beautiful legacy. He was such a witty, intelligent and strong man. He was constantly seeking out knowledge and wanted to learn more about business. He loved reading all the business magazines I would give to him. What I loved most was how he was so serious but had a funny sense of humor. He always liked to challenge the family with his math problems and sudoku. We are very heart broken but we know we will see him again one day. If anyone in the family would like a copy of the video tribute I did for Grandpa, please let me know. We love you Grandpa.


George L Vega posted on 4/7/11

God saw you getting tiredand a cure was not to beso he put his arms around youand whispered,"Come to Me"With tearful eyes we watched youand saw you pass awayand although we love you dearlywe could not make you stay.A Golden heart stopped beatinghard working hands at rest.God broke our hearts to prove to usHe only takes the bestI will miss the interesting conversations we had and will miss sharing with you the gadgets I find that you were most intrigued with.Goodbye my friend I humbly offer my prayer to you. May God shed a light upon you. Rest in peace.....Your Son-in-Law George


Bob Aardema posted on 4/6/11



laurie Kippen, Beckie Vega posted on 4/5/11

Dad loved Kudo, Lexy ,Barlow ,Maggie, Barley, & Lilo. Our dogs! He would love to come out to see them when he could. They were the doggies he never had. He would always bring them treats. They would be so happy to see him. He loved going to breakfast at Dylan's with his daughters. And going to chuck-a-rama. We have alot of special memories of having barbeques at Laurie house. And he likes to go to garage sales. He was alway kind and thoughful to us. Always making sure we were okay, to the very end. He always had a math problem for us to solve ,{ which we never could}., and he knew it. He had a funny sense of humor.. to the end. of his life. He lived a good life. We will never forget him. We will always cherish the good memories. Love Beckie & Laurie. { His rascals}.


Jonathan Saltzman posted on 4/5/11

John Aardema was a great man -- silent, stoic, and strong. Were we to have more men like him in our time, the world would be a better place. Rest in Peace.


Davin Atencio posted on 4/4/11

May he rest in peace with Grandma in heavenly bliss. He was a wonderful man, I will always look up to him. I want to also thanks the staff, the beautiful singer, and military for such a beautiful and peaceful service. He would have been very happy with the service. Thank You.Davin