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RICHARD "DICK" E. ATEN, 88, CIVIL ENGINEER WHO TRAVELED THE WORLD, DIES.
Mr. Aten, a longtime resident of Highland, IL, passed away Tuesday December 18th, in Madison, WI from complications related to Alzheimer's disease.
Richard was born in Canton, Illinois to Merlin and Annetta Aten, with younger brothers Rodney, Robert, and John. Mr. Aten grew up in Astoria, IL working on the family farm. At the age of 14 he then moved to Macomb to begin his secondary education, there he attended Western Illinois High School, then Bradley University finally finishing his education with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Illinois.
Dick, as friends knew him, served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 with a final rank of Second Lieutenant, remaining in the reserves until 1957.
Richard married Janet Lee Bridge, in Oak Park, IL June, 28, 1958, they had three children and spent several years living in Glenview, IL. Although Richard was a proud Illinoisan, he often worked and lived overseas including the Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean, and South Asia; as a Civil engineer he worked on many programs evaluating community water resources, bringing fresh water to arid regions, and harnessing water resources for community development. Dick was an avid gardener, and outdoorsman, often wishing he had more time to spend in his garden.
Among the many organizations that he actively participated in were the Audubon Society, Rotary Club, various tree commissions, also he generously supported non-profit organizations including, world-relief, nature, young adult Core education; the American Society of Civil Engineers, and other engineering associations;
Richard is survived by his brother Rodney, two children Jennifer and Wesley, and two grandchildren Dylan and Wyatt.Mr. Aten was proceed in death by, his wife Janet, son Jeffery, as well as his brothers Robert and John Aten. Services for Richard will be held at 1 p.m. on January 5th, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, 303 E Washington St, Macomb, IL 61455. Visitation from Noon until 1pm; A small service at 1, then procession to burial at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Astoria, IL. An after services get-together will be held at a nearby place to be determined. Pallbearers: Mark Gawne, Wesley Aten, Dylan Aten-Gawne, Rodney Aten, and John Aten, Jr
For information please call Wesley Aten: 917-916-2194
Memorial donations are suggested to the City of Highland, IL, Memorial Tree Program: