John D. Aid

October 21, 1925October 16, 2010

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 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.


  • Visitation Friday, October 22, 2010
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 23, 2010
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 23, 2010

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November 22, 2010

So sorry to hear of John's passing.
Frank and Frances AId

Ann Holmes

November 15, 2010

I had such saddness in my heart, after knowing that my Cousin John had passed from this life to his eternal home.

John was a dear nephew and cousin to the Gordon West family of Lebam, WA. We often reminisce about the good times we had when Cousin John lived with our family. His military experiences were fascinating to us, as were the jokes he played. One very vivid memory was a time when my Dad and Cousin John went trout fishing, and John being the jokester he was, slipped a small undersize trout into my Dad's fishing basket, and when my Dad discovered it, there was lots of laughter from John, he knew he had pulled a good one on his Uncle Gordon.

John will never fade from our memories,and he will be forever in our hearts.

May God's love comfort Cousin John's family during this very difficult time.

Lisa Holmes Elkihel

November 7, 2010

I was so saddened to hear via internet this week of Cousin John's passing on my birthday. While I never met him face to face, he and Hilde were always in my (and our family's) heart and prayers.

He was raised with my grandfather, Gordon West, and I never tired of listening to the stories about the larger than life man that was Cousin John - he was a hero to us all, esp. my brother.

My grandfather always had a soft spot in his heart for his nephew and I can just imagine them swapping stories now that they are together again.

I was lucky to be in some written contact with he and Hilde over the years and cherish their kind words.

My condolences to those left behind and my prayers are with you. May God bless you all during this time and always.

Terry Holmes

November 7, 2010

I'm the grandson of Gordon West, John Aid was my 2nd cousin. I remember as a small child meeting him at my grandparents house in Lebam, Washington while he was on leave from service in Viet Nam. To me he was as big as a redwood tree & reminded me of John Wayne! I'll never forget the letters or the phone calls from him while I was recovering from a training accident at Ft Benning during the 1st Gulf War. Cousin John was always a hero to the Holmes/West family! God bless you & your family John.

Beth Gray

October 23, 2010

Mrs. Heilda and Jeannie I'm sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you have Mrs. Doris with you now. It has been my pleasure meeting you and I can only imagine Mr. John was as pleasant and friendly as ya'll are. My prayers are with you and I hope to see you again soon.

Beth Gray

Paul Henson

October 23, 2010

Jeannie and Hilda,
Trena, Callie, and I are so incredibly sorry for your John's passing. I know there isn't anything we can say to take away the pain of your loss. What we we do want you to know is that we are so incredibly proud of John's service to his country and his genuine affection and friendship to his family (the grandkids and great grandkids from so far and wide.) Please know we love you.

Linda Tyler

October 21, 2010

Even though I did not know Mr. Aid I was would like to express my sympathy and thank him and his family for serving my country.

Richard Avery

October 21, 2010

Merrill's Marauders were tough soldiers. Sorry to hear of Mr. Aids passing.
Richard Avery
Merrill's Marauders(Proud Descendants)

October 19, 2010

Uncle John was a true American hero and my personal hero. He was a bigger than life kind of person that filled a room when he was there. I was in awe of him, and the many adventures and tales of military service he told captivated me. I felt it was an honor to write to him regularly when he was in Viet Nam and he never failed to answer a letter or a question that I wrote. Even though we spent little time physically together, I have always felt a love of family with him and both of you. There is a loss that we can't replace, but the many memories will always be with us. Love you both, know that I am with you in spirit. Love, Lou


John D. Aid, age 1