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Aaron Rad Hemker

November 20, 2020 | 5 comments

Aaron Rad Hemker age 35 passed away unexpectedly on november 16th 2020 in La Crosse WI.  He was born on September 23 1985 to Sarah Hemker.  His kids were his passion.   He had very kind heart.  There wasn’t an animal in need that he didn’t want to help or adopt.  He was just beginning to discover his talent for art.

Aaron is survived by:  Mother, Sarah Benson, Fathers, Larry Benson and Tim Lodoen.  Children, Makenna Kay and Camron Rad Bjorge and Jordan Joseph Sheppard.  Step siblings, Heather (Lucas) Parkes, Melanie, Beau, and Bryce Benson.  Half siblings Todd, Heath and Holly Lodoen.  Aunt Rachel Hemker(Gregory Lennartz), Cousins Cassandra, Tayt and Bethany Tuma, Cash and Alison Lennartz. And lots of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by: Maternal Grandfather and Grandmother Larry and Judith Hemker.

Aaron Rad Hemker, 35, of La Crosse, passed away on November 16, 2020 in his home.  A celebration of his life will be held from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska.

To view Aaron’s memorial video, please us the following link.




  1. Ellen Cordry

    Remember Sarah, WE are ALL here for you during this extremely difficult time….Aaron has always been a very important part of our family & always will remain in that capacity…His smile, so infectious & his heart was in everything he was involved in. A very special person to have graced our lives even tho it was for a short time his ‘family’ position will be held FOREVER & NEVER be forgotten…LOVED FOR ETERNITY😇💞

    • Sarah Benson

      You always seem find the right words to give me some comfort. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful family. Love you.

      • Kelly Knudtson

        …. Still thinking of you, Sarah. Absolutely Love the picture chosen. His smile though!! It really brings out his kind and loving soul inside. Sounds like you have a wonderful family by your side to keep going strong. Praying for you, the children: MaKenna, Cameron, and Jordan, Rikki, and the family. Please let Rikki know I am thinking of her as well during this hard time.
        Rest in Peace Aaron Rad Hemker. Miss you more and more as the time keeps passing not being able to call you. Wish we could have gotten together since my baby girl, Khloe Sue, had been born. We are doing so well. You would be so proud of Steven & I. I know you would. Carrying on without you is hard for all your family and friends, but I am a little extra sensitive for your mother and her pain, as you know. Please help her through this by smiling at the memories of you. Favor?? Lol 🙂 Give my sweet baby boy Vinny and my mother big hugs. My Mom always liked you and knew how special you were to me. Such a great friend … I couldn’t have asked for more. Truly. You’ll always be in my heart Aaron. Love ya always.
        Your friend,
        Kel <3

  2. Harlee

    To give my condolences to Aarons family, he was a good friend of mine though I didn’t get to know anyone in the family really. He had a wonderful personality and was always so nice to me and knew just what to say to cheer me up and he will be greatly missed.

    • Sarah Benson

      Thanks for being a good friend to him.


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