Aaron Strootman

Aaron Bradley Strootman

Wednesday, July 24th, 1991 - Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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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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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, January 6th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
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    6:00 p.m. Prayer Service with Sharing of Memories
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home - Marshall
    411 W. Lyon St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    6:00 p.m. Prayer Service with Sharing of Memories
  • Service

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 10:30am
    Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
    503 W. Lyon St.
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Lowell Highby

Posted at 03:27pm
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.


Posted at 04:05pm
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 doesn’t 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 God’s 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 for more encouraging scriptures and videos to help heal your broken heart 💔

Michael, Patricia Walling

Posted at 12:47pm
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

Jean Henderson

Posted at 10:54pm
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).

John H Zane

Posted at 07:59am
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

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