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Richard J. Aikens

August 16, 1948 ~ July 6, 2018 (age 69)
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Richard J. Aikens, 69, of 563 S. Mountain Rd., Emporium, PA died at his residence, Emporium, PA on Friday (July 6, 2018) evening following a lengthy illness. He was born August 16, 1948 in Indiana, PA a son of the late James Galentine and Margaret Janasko Aikens On November 19, 1966 in Clymer, PA he married Eileen J. McMasters, who survives.

Mr. Aikens retired from G.E.- Motor Coil where he had worked for many years. He was a very active member of the Emporium Fire Department where he had served for many years including two years as Fire Chief and three years as the Assistant Fire Chief. He received the Outstanding Fire Fighter Award. He participated in fire school training for over 12 years and 9 years in specialized firefighting school where he had received numerous awards. He was involved in underwater rescue, as a scuba diver, and was a “dive master”. He participated in numerous search and rescues. In 1983 he received the US Jaycees National Award. He enjoyed country music, scuba diving, going to the ocean and camping with his family in Panama City Beach and Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Most of all he loved his family.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Paula (Cpt. Michael) Jetmund, Valparesio, IN; one son, Scott Aikens, Knoxville, TN; three grandchildren: Kyle Branham, Lauren & Megan Barner, five great grandchildren: Zoey, Sophia, Lacey, Lily and Carter; one brother, Edward (Audrey) Aikens, Clymer, PA. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Alvin Aikens. 

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth Street, Emporium, PA on Monday (July 9, 2018) at 4:00 PM with Rev. James Eastman, Pastor, Deeper Waters Ministries, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Service. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Emporium Volunteer Fire Department, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium, PA 15834

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