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DR WILLIAM ALDIS

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Dr. William Aldis, age 89, former resident of Fort Scott, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Bickford Assisted Living Center in Mission, Kan.

He was born July 29th, 1920, in Emporia, Kan., the son of Steadman and Ethel Rebeca Fry Aldis.

His father was a United Methodist Missionary in India. Dr. William spent most of his childhood in India, graduating from Woodstock High School in Mussorie, India, in December 1937. During this time he attained the Eagle Scout honor through Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. William graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. Degree in 1942. He continued his education at the University of Kansas Medical School, joined the U.S. Navy and graduated in October of 1944 with his M.D. Degree. He served in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1946. During the Korean War, 1953 through 1955, he served two years in the Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

He married Kathryn Louise Martin on Feb. 16, 1944, in Kansas City, Kansas. They celebrated more than 66 years of marriage this past February.

From 1946 through 1952, Dr. William received his surgical training at the V.A. Hospital in Wadsworth, Kan. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1951 and became a fellow of the American College of Surgery in 1952. During this time he became assistant chief of surgery at the Wadsworth Hospital from 1949 through 1952.

After practicing surgery for a brief time in Corpus Christi, William and Kathryn moved to Fort Scott in 1955. He joined his two older brothers, Dr. John Aldis and Dr. Henry Aldis, in employment with Newman Young Clinic until his retirement in 1985.

Dr. William served on multiple committees at Mercy Hospital including, Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, Chairman of Executive Committee, Chairman of Emergency Room to name a few. In 1971, Dr. William and his wife volunteered for two months of service in Vietnam caring for the civilian population.

Dr. William was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on various committees. He also served on the Board of Trustees for six years at Fort Scott Community College. He was a past member of the Fort Scott Rotary Club.

Dr. William loved outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. After retirement he and his wife enjoyed traveling with the camper across the country, often accompanied by the grandchildren. Dr. William and his wife had the opportunity to travel around the world including India, Hong Kong, Nepal, Paris, England, Italy, Jerusalem, and Egypt.

At 54 years of age, Dr. William obtained his pilots license and began building his own aircraft which he did not get finished -- to the delight of his wife. Spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was very special to him. Dr. William and Kathryn enjoyed playing cards and participating in pot lucks with long time friends.

Survivors include his wife Kathryn, three grandchildren Anne Williams, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ryan Aldis and his wife Amanda, Fairway, Kan.; Keith Aldis, Lantana, Texas; two great-granddaughters, Brooke Williams, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Nora Aldis, Fairway, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Stephen Aldis and James Aldis and his brothers, Dr. John Aldis and Dr. Henry Aldis.

Rev. Paul Babcock will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m., Friday, April 23, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Military Honors will be conducted by Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Fort Scott Community College-Kathryn and William Aldis Scholarship Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.