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Aaron Bradley Strootman

The funeral service for Aaron Bradley Strootman, 27, of Minneapolis, formerly of Marshall, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2018, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service including sharing of memories at 6:00 p.m. at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Brad & Joyce Strootman are deeply saddened to announce the death of their Beautiful Son Aaron Bradley Strootman on Sunday December 30th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaron was born July 24th, 1991 in Marshall and baptized in the Redwood River behind the family home by Father Jon Pearson. Aaron lived a childhood only afforded to those who grow up in a small town. He ran untethered with his friends for many years, wearing a path on any shortcut to the Marshall Aquatic Center and eventually the Skate Park. Evenings were spent playing what they called night games, basically running, screaming, hiding, laughing, and then running and screaming, to this day on Summer evenings the kids in the neighborhood still play the same game, and it is music to our ears. As a High School student, Aaron kept adding boards to his world, from skateboards to snowboards to wakeboards. He also realized a dream of so many young men, he and his buddies formed a Rock Band, The Pants. Aaron was the drummer and that means they practiced in our home, and what started as hectic noise eventually became music. This too was a gift in our lives. Much to the delight of his father, Aaron was also becoming an avid and very competent Clay Target Shooter. Aaron graduated from Marshall High School in 2010. Upon graduation, Aaron attended Minnesota State University in Mankato, majoring in Marketing and Business Administration. He graduated in 2015, apparently they ran short of caps and gowns in 2014 and he was forced to attend a 5th year. After graduation he followed his dreams to the Twin Cities, seeking more music venues and career alternatives. He worked briefly in a marketing position, but when that job ended his Uncle Gary needed immediate help in his Law Office and overnight his career path changed for the better. Over the next four years he worked for several law firms and ironically was going to be offered a job he wanted very much, at a larger, well known law firm, on Monday morning December 31st. Aaron was a delightful son, he gave love to the people in his life freely, openly and endlessly. He was charming and gracious. We frequently hear from friends and neighbors about how Aaron always went out of his way to greet people, young and old with warmth and sincere interest. Aaron was funny, with a biting wit, tinged with a wry bit of cynicism. Warmed up, he could entertain a group forever with his social commentary, be it political, cultural, music, movies. His friends have said it just wasn’t a party until Aaron arrived. Aaron is survived by his parents, Brad & Joyce, his aunts: Paulette Anholm of Grand Marais, Wendy Holm (Don Byrd) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Lori (Allen) Moen of Florida, Alice Sachs of Burnsville. Julie (Todd) Davis of Willmar, and Uncle/Mentor/Friend Gary Strootman (Trisha Schmitz) of Minneapolis. Cousins: Nick (Rachelle) Davis of Marshall, Shelby Moen (Stan) Florida, Zane Hazen, of Minneapolis, Elliot Moen (Rachel) of Colorado, Chase Davis (Eden) of South Dakota, Joseph Byrd (Haylie) of Florida and Annabelle Sachs of Burnsville, and our dog Keeper. He is also survived by a girl he loved, Andrea Holmes of Mankato. He often teased Andrea that there was only room for four women in his life, his Mom, his Grandma, his dog Keeper, and her…not always in that order. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Howard and Rhoda Holm of Bloomington, Robert and Joyce Strootman of Spicer, and two yellow labs he loved, Katie and Keena. Gifts not otherwise designated will be used to establish a support fund for Lyon County – Heart to Heart called: Aaron’s Toys for Little Boys

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Brad and Joyce, I read the article about your retirement and was shocked and saddened to learn about Aaron. You both are in my prayers.

Lowell Highby Mar 20 2019 3:27 PM

Sending sincere condolences for the loss of you dear son, Aaron. Words will never express the pain you are experiencing nor will they bring you the comfort you need. I know this because I lost my oldest son, Sonny Jack, ten years ago with an epileptic seizure in his sleep. He was only 28 years old. Only the Bible was a true source of comfort when you lose a child. One scripture that was a lifeline for me is found at Isaiah 41:10, 13 where it says, verse 10, Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness. Verse 13 continues, For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, The One saying to you, Do not be afraid. I will help you. These beautiful scriptures show the deep love God has for us and how he will be there to help you through this difficult time and the hard days ahead.

Belinda Hylton Mar 17 2019 2:01 AM

My heart was sadden when I read of the loss of Aaron, someone so young and well loved that I wanted to send my warmest condolences to the family. To lose a precious loved one, a child, a part of you, can bring such overwhelming grief but the God of all comfort tells us at 2 Kings 20:5 He doesnt cause the loss and that He hears your prayers, sees your tears and feels your pain. Please read in the Bible at John 5:28,29 that not only does God care but lovingly gives assurance that you will have him in your life once again without all the pain we see today. Until Gods promises come true may every good thought, every memory of the love you felt, flood and overtake you with calm and peace to help you through the dark moments. Please go to jw.org for more encouraging scriptures and videos to help heal your broken heart https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/VODMinistryTools/pub-imv_4_VIDEO

Sue Jan 29 2019 4:05 PM

Brad and Joyce, I just now saw in the Marshall paper that I read from time to time to stay caught up on Marshall news. We were both saddened and shocked that your precious boy Aaron passed. We can not begin to tell you how sorry we are for your loss of your one and only son. We know that he was the light of your life.Please except our deepest sincere sympathy. God Bless the life and memory of Aaron Love your long time friends

Michael, Patricia Walling Jan 16 2019 12:47 PM

Dear Family please accept my heartfelt Condolences for your recent loss .Please let God's word the Bible be of comfort to you in the coming days ahead. Please find comfort in Psalms 34:18).God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

Jean Henderson Jan 10 2019 10:54 PM

Dear Brad and Joyce: I have been in touch with Gary. I am so very sorry to hear the news and I am at a loss as to how to express my condolence. All who knew Aaron will miss him. My thoughts are with you. John Z

John H Zane Jan 10 2019 7:59 AM

Words can't convey how sorry I am about the passing of your son Aaron. May God comfort and bring you peace as only He can do. Sympathy and love to you and your entire families.

Julie Hanson Nelson Jan 8 2019 7:59 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. It breaks our hearts when death separates us from the ones we love so much, especially when they are as young as Aaron. The Bible reminds us that God sees our pain and sadness and has promised that soon, "death will be swallowed up forever." (Isaiah 25:8) He will heal our broken hearts by resurrecting our precious loved ones to life again. (John 6:40) I hope your beautiful memories of Aaron and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.

Elizabeth Jan 8 2019 11:44 AM

Joyce and Brad, My deepest sympathy to you both. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

Jill Schultze Jan 7 2019 10:12 PM

Joyce and Brad, we were deeply saddened when we heard of the loss of Aaron. Know that you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort during this terribly difficult time.

Mark and Jill (Dirckx) Erickson Jan 7 2019 6:29 PM

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