Aaron Aupperle, age 77 of Alexandria, died peacefully Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Bethany on the Lake. A celebration of Aaron's life will be held on Sunday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. at West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church in rural Glenwood/Brooten. Visitation/fellowship will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to remind those traveling to the service of road work on various routes to the church. Please allow extra time or check out your route before traveling.
Aaron Frederick Aupperle, son of Moses and Viola Aupperle, was born on November 1, 1943, and grew up on a thriving family farm near Breckenridge, MN.
He enlisted in the US Air Force and spent time in Minot during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He went on to become a licensed A & P mechanic and a commercial pilot.
Aaron married Marlys Jane Kittel in 1961. They raised their children Merilee, Troy and Lisa while traveling extensively throughout the US and abroad for Aaron’s career.
Aaron was a unique and fiery man. He traded the mundane for travel and adventure that lead him to a flying career that spanned more than forty years and took him around the world. He flew helicopters and airplanes in a wide variety of assignments with accuracy and flew thousands of passengers thousands of miles with a flawless safety record.
The time in Nepal was among his favorite locations. He could recount hundreds of stories of the people, the villages, and the diverse geography in great detail as if he had just come from there. He also greatly enjoyed the challenges of the rugged wilderness in Alaska. His technical skills had become so refined that he was able to fly in the most adverse conditions and complete the most difficult of assignments.
He will be remembered for his passion for flying, love for his children, and his fearlessness. He had the ability to live in the moment, was an innovative thinker, had exceptional mechanical ability, and a meticulous nature.
Aaron is survived by: Children: Debora Cabodi, Merilee Retzloff, Troy Aupperle, and Lisa Aupperle. Grandsons: Larry Cabodi and Jeromy Cabodi.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Moses Aupperle and Viola Aupperle, his brother, Fredrick Aupperle.
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