Robert C. Aiken passed away peacefully on Sept. 26, 2019. He was surrounded by his loving, devoted wife, Lenora and daughter, Libby Button. Bob has been enduring the pain of esophageal cancer for an ongoing period of 15 years total with treatments of chemotherapy for the past 10 months for colon and esophageal cancers.
Bob was born on April 17, 1936 in Kanab, Utah to George Russell and Juanita Hauer Aiken. Bob was the second child born in the Kanab Hospital which was built by his father. Bob lived in Kanab all of his life and shared his many talents with those around him. Bob married Jan Leeds (mother of Robert G. Aiken) and later divorced. Bob then married the love of his life, Lenora Jarrell Aiken on Dec. 21, 1985. Bob became a devoted stepdad to Libby and Johnnie at that time.
Bob served his country as an Army soldier in Vietnam from 1960 -1962. Bob was escorted to Washington, D.C. for the veteran’s honor flight in 2018 by his son, Robert G. Aiken.
Bob was the first member of the EMT team in Kanab. His number was #1 on the signal call which signifies he was the first member of the search and rescue squad in Kanab.
Bob opened a garage in Kanab and worked as a mechanic. He then went to Kaibab Industries and worked as a mechanic and was taught electrical skills in which gave him the job that he retired from doing. He was an electrician for Kaibab Industries for 32 years. When Kaibab closed down he and Lenora moved to St. George, Utah for 3 years where he worked as an electrician for Moore’s Business Forms until he retired in 1998. They returned back to their home in Kanab at that time and he went to work at Reidhead Manufacturing for approximately 2 years. Bob continued to complete woodworking projects for family members and friends.
Bob has volunteered and served on the Kanab Heritage Committee. Bob was the founding charter member of the Utah Arizona ATV club. He served as club president and set the foundation that makes the ATV club what it is today.
Being a quiet and reserved man, he nevertheless, made a robust impact on those who knew him in his years as a Kanab resident.
Bob is survived by his wife of 34 years, Lenora Aiken, his son, Robert (Lisa) Aiken, daughter, Libby (Lynn) Button, son, Johnnie (Cindy) Jarrell Jr.
Grandchildren: Brittani Holder, Ashley (Curt) Robinson, Andrew Jarrell, Kyle Aiken, Cody R. Jarrell, Curtis, Josh and Katie Williams, Jeremy (Mary) Button, Danielle (Ryan) Grant, Cherish Button and Megan Button
Great Grandchildren: Jaden Holder, Sean Robinson , Tyler Dial, Sofie Largent, Chanse Riding, Cash Button, Kyler, Karsen, Noah, Dacyn and Kymarah Button, Carter, Ashlyn and Casen Grant
Viewing will be Friday, October 4, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:00PM at Mosdell Mortuary. Viewing Saturday morning, October 5, 2019 at 12:00 – 12:45PM with Memorial Service at 1:00PM at the Mortuary. Interment will follow at Kanab Cemetery.