Rev. Aldon W. Veach 93, of Bowling Green, went to be with his Lord on May 20, 2015 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at the Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene with Reverends Jason Veach, Wes Phillips, Cole Branstetter, and Ron Kunzweiler officiating. Burial was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Bowling Green with Military Rites performed by the Missouri Military Honors and the VFW Post #5553. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the Church.
Aldon was born on Aug. 22, 1921 in Gladbrook, Iowa, the son of Charles Samuel and Clara Fern Anway Veach. After living in Iowa in his early years, he moved with his family to Detroit, Mich. He joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for six years during WWII. Upon returning from the service he met and married Margaret (Peggy) Ferguson, who preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 1990. Surviving are two sons John (Cathy) Veach of Bowling Green and Andy (Stacie) Veach of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren Rev. Jason (Regan) Veach of Portland, Ore., Josh (Rashele) Veach of Springfield, Miles and Margaret Veach of Knoxville, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren Carter Lee and Anna Clare Veach of Portland, Ore.; one sister Millie (Bob) Wold of Chula Vista, Calif., three step-sisters Helen Salawage of Dearborn, Mich., Betty Angaran of Rock Island, Tenn., and Florence Kazloski of Polk City, Fla. He was preceded in death by a brother Walter, four sisters Frances, Belva, Hazel, and Alice, and step-brother George.
Aldon worked at the Chrysler Auto Plant on the assembly line in Detroit for several years, a bump and paint shop, painted water towers, and was a tool and die maker. Aldon attended Detroit Bible College and began his ministry by taking a mission church in Modesto, Calif., in the Advent Christian Church. He continued to serve in Claiborne, Ohio, Rockbridge, Ohio, Iberia, and Mendota, Ill. He retired from full time ministry and moved to Maryland Heights, where he took a job as a custodian in the Pattonville School District and after several years became a custodial supervisor. In 1989, he and his wife moved to Bowling Green. After Peggy passed away he moved to the Bowling Green Housing Authority, where he had served on their board and lived for over 10 years.
While living in Bowling Green he attended several Baptist churches where he did chalk drawings. He then became a member of the Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene and in his last few years also attended Friendship Baptist Church in Bowling Green. He enjoyed worshiping the Lord, study of the Word, sharing his faith with everyone he met, and preaching, filling the pulpit whenever called upon. He was affectionately known as “Grandpa” to many. He proudly served his country during WWII and was a member of VFW Post #5553. He had been a member of the Pike County Country Club. At 93 he was the oldest member of the club and amazed people on how he could still hit the ball. He played every Tuesday and Thursday with the seniors and loved the fellowship of the guys.
His other passion was his wood workshop where he loved making and fixing furniture, but most of all he enjoyed making dulcimers and violins.
Aldon was quite an independent character with a tremendous zest for life filled with golf, woodworking, many stories and sharing Christ with whomever would listen.
Pallbearers wereJosh Veach, Miles Veach, Tim Truelove, Everett Kush, Larry Hopke, Chip Traynor, and Dave Oney. Honorary pallbearers were the PCCC Senior Golfers. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, Church of the Nazarene or Friendship Baptist Church.