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Aaron Bixler, 19

Aaron James Bixler, age 19, of Hudson, Wis., died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, April 9, after a battle lost to depression.

Aaron was born on Oct. 11, 1995, in Milwaukee, Wis., to parents Michael and Pennie (nee Brockman) Bixler. Aaron moved to Hudson with his family around 2005, and graduated from Hudson High School with the Class of 2014.

Aaron was a full-time student attending the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he was pursuing a major in Computer Science. Aaron had earned a black-belt in karate, and enjoyed computers, electronics, and gaming.

Aaron also had a true love for nature and the outdoors. He could often be found camping, hiking, and hunting, as well as being on the water, where he loved to go tubing and boating.

Aaron was true to his Christian faith, and to his family and friends. He will be missed by those who loved him, and knew him well.

Aaron is survived by his parents, Mike and Pennie Bixler; his sister and best friend, Bridgette; his paternal grandparents, Paul (Phyllis) Bixler; maternal grandmother, Kay Brockman; aunts and uncles, Jeff (Gail) Bixler, Chris (Stephanie) Bixler, Lynda (Tom) Smith, Deanna Kolacinski, Lori Brockman and David (Carrie) Brockman; and cousins, Jacob, Anna, Rachel, Rosa, Jackie, Scotlyn, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Hailey, Isaac, Abel, Lily, and Josie.

Aaron was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Brockman.

Memorial services for Aaron Bixler will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the Faith Community Church, 777 Carmichael Road in Hudson, WI., with Pastor Larry Szyman officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to services at the church, and also from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th Street South in Hudson, WI.

Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

Services are in the care of the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, 715-386-3725.

www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com