- 86 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 28, 1929
- Date of passing: Dec 3, 2015
|Let the memory of LeRoy be with us forever|
"“Happy 87th anniversary," Lee. Your presence in the world has made it a much better place through the many different people you have influence and encountered.
We remember with fondness the time in 1012 when Ginny was facing surgery at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and you and Ruth very kindly and lovingly offered to go with us and be there to support us through that time. We appreciated that offer very much, but felt that because Vern was staying overnight in the Hospital, that you could not share the ride with us. However that offer meant the world to us.
We also remember with love the many Tuesday evenings at Sweet Tomatoes for dinner, but one Tuesday stands out in particular. Both Ruth and Lee seemed almost secretive, and anxious to have that evening go well, and then at the end, kind of shyly told us that it was their wedding anniversary ! They shared pictures with us, and we took some of them.
Another time of remembrance is the last time Lee sat with us on our porch in Clearwater. Rather wistfully Lee looked across the room and commented, “That’s where Ruth used to sit.” We shared with wet eyes that night.
With many fond memories,
Ginny and Vern Squire"
Today will always be your day. I wish I had something profound to say that would be the key to understanding grief and death, but I don't. The only thing that comes to mind is that I'm so thankful for the time I had with you, that I learned and grew so much from your presence and that your place in our family is still deep and empty. You gave us all such gifts with your life and love. Love and miss you always - B"
"LeRoy continues to be active in my life. I often use his works for research and guidance. Much of what I write has a reference or a quote from him. His presence among us lives on."
"Dad, Miss you too much... grief is a hard road to travel. Thanks for everything you were as a person, father and best friend. Love you! B
"Grief never ends but it changes. It's a passage not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith... it is the price of love.""
"The sad news of Leroy's passing brought back some of the most treasured memories we have--the years we spent as Wartburg College classmates. LeRoy and Ruth were among our closest friends. That friendship continued through the years with visits and many conversations about our lives and concerns.
George looked through his library today and found a gift book edited by LeRoy, "The Church and Pastoral Care". Five articles that Leroy contributed to this volume could serve as a memorial to his life of service in the Church. They are full of concern for the well-being of us all. As he concluded in one of his essays, "The Christian faith transforms our mentality by making death the gateway to new life." LeRoy has now experienced what he believed and left us with the same hope.
With sincere sympathies to the Aden family,
George and Betty Roleder"
"Thank you, Beth, for sharing some of the tributes from the memorial service. Blessed memories!!
Your dad and mom were amazing people who loved God, put others first, and were faithful to the end. I know they are loving the beginning of their eternity together and are enjoying to the fullest seeing so many of their friends and family in God's presence!
"May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Jim & Mary Skov"
"Please check the stories tab at the top to see copies of what was said at the Memorial Service. I will add more stories as I receive them.
Our hearts are filled with such gratitude for everyone who came to Dad's memorial service, sent wonderful messages and has written on this web site. Your comfort and caring is greatly appreciated. Thank you!"
"Beth, David and Families,
You are all in my thoughts and prayers today. As I read the tributes to Uncle LeRoy, my thoughts are, I couldn't say it better. His humorous style always tickled me. His charm and wit with Ruth and his family was enjoyable to watch. A tribute to a man, husband, father, grandfather today as he is laid to rest in the arms of his Heavenly Father and of course Ruth:) My only regret is not being able to get together more to experience his warmth wisdom and gentleness that has been shared here."
"We have been privileged to know Lee and Ruth for the past seven years. We found him to be a Great Friend, warm, caring, brilliant yet very down to earth, a great scholar who influenced a generation of pastors to be at LTSP, one who recognized the value and worth of every individual he met, a man who cared deeply for his wife Ruth, and his family Beth and David, and proud of his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. There are not adequate words to describe Lee. Well done, thou good and faithful servant!"
"I remember being required to meet with Dr. Aden as a student at LTSPhiladelphia. I knew he, and Ruth, to be welcoming and fun to be around from the general community contact Mary and I had with them. What I wasn't totally prepared for was how wonderful a counselor he would be as I struggled with my vocation in those early years. Thanks LeRoy for your kind heart, quick wit, and deep faith!"
"During our brief time together, LeRoy was larger than life to me. His Christian message was always enlightening and expanding. His mere presence was a daily lesson in humility. His listening ear and receptive heart made conversations leap with revelation and joy. There is a void in my life. I will continue to miss him. I pray God's healing blessings on all of his family and friends"
"A very good man: As a boy I remember Christmas with my cousins and their parents. Uncle Leroy, the father, was quiet and calm but when he spoke it was always entertaining and thoughtful. Whatever he said would make you think just a little more deeply than usual but it was always worth it. He would subtly poke fun at others, at himself, at you or the situation. He would add levity to a conversation that needed levity and he would bring a thoughtful/logical approach to situations that required just such an approach. He loved and respected his family and faith and was rewarded with a wonderful life. I admired and respected my uncle and will miss him."
"Aubrey's Facebook post - "'Grief is not a sign of weakness, not a lack of faith...it is the price of love.'
We lost a great man one week ago today. He was brilliant. Loving. A published author. A beloved professor. An athlete. A comedian.
He let me read his manuscripts before they published. He read me poems. He taught me about the stock market. Talked to me about faith. When I got injured and couldn't play soccer anymore, he's the one that made me believe there was something bigger. He went with me to visit grad schools and was proud of the work I ended up doing.
I will miss our conversations. Will miss his advice. But mostly I will just miss him. Like crazy. And even though I always knew I'd never get to have him around forever, it's an especially hard goodbye.
"Britta's Facebook post- "For the past week I have been trying to find the words to express the overwhelming sadness I feel after losing my grandpa. He was an amazing man and the best grandfather I could ever ask for and I still can't believe he is gone. While I'm still struggling to deal with my grief and let go of the regret I have that I wasn't able to see him again, that I was so close, two weeks away from seeing him and telling him that I love him, I'm trying to focus instead on all of the good memories I have of him. All of the advice he gave me, all the stories he told me, and all of the time we spent together. I'll never forget the trick he used to play on us when we were kids and he finished his piece of pie before us and would point over our shoulders to get us to look around so he could swap our plates with his perfectly licked clean one. Or the way he used to put prunes into all of our birthday presents (filling a coke bottle with prune juice and the time he meticulously inserted a prune into every single piece of chocolate in an entire box of chocolates are the two that stand out the most). He was also the hardest worker I've ever met and he accomplished so much in his lifetime. It's been really hard to be so far away from home and my family this week, but I want to thank everyone, both here and there, for all of your love and support. I couldn't have gotten through this without out it.""
"LeRoy was such a warm, decent, gentle man. How fortunate that he lived to see those same qualities in his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. You are in our thoughts and prayers, always."
"I think they are DANCING every night. Eating Ice Cream every night.
Holding Hands every night, Smiling every night.
To two great out laws, you will be " forever missed""
"Beth, thank you for the privilege & honor of sharing your Dad... Please accept my deepest sympathy to you & your entire Family for your loss. Your Dad was a Gentle Giant with a heart filled with kindness & a life lived with Faith. In Tribute to Mr. LeRoy Henry Aden... You Are Missed, Sleep In Peace!"
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