Thief River Falls - Aron Lisa Leas, Spc. 4, age 23, Minnesota National Guard active reservist, previous active duty U.S. Army stationed in Chisolm, Aron served our country in Afghanistan (2009-2010) has passed away in Thief River Falls, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. May she rest in peace.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 18 at New Hope Lutheran Church in Newfolden, with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating. Interment followed at Westaker Cemetery, rural Newfolden.
Aron was born on April 4, 1990 the daughter of Elaine Rue and grew up in Blackduck, Springfield, Hitterdal, Thief River Falls and Newfolden. She graduated high school in 2008 from Marshall County Central. Aron enlisted in the U.S. Army on her 17th birthday and did the basic training during the summer of her Junior year. Serving in the U.S. military was her life long dream since 9/11.
She served with the 114th Transportation Company in Minnesota; in 2010 the 114th was named the National Guard unit of the year by the National Defense Transportation Agency awarded by President George Bush.
In those 10 months, they had driven 350,000 miles through the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. They would drive 15-16 hours at a time without the ability to stop. Aron was proud of this honor; she was honorably discharged in April 2013 after serving her six years.
Aron had graduated in 2012 at Northland College in Thief River Falls with a degree in Criminal Justice. She was currently working at Arctic Cat as a welder and had just received her five year award. She loved riding her four wheeler and snowmobiling, family trips to many different states. Her brother Austin was a major portion of her life, she cared and protected him and he in turn loved and respected his sister.
She will be deeply missed by not only her family and friends, but the world she loved.
Aron is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ella and Melvin Hanson; and cousin, Angel Danielson.
She is survived by her mother, Elaine Rue (Kent Wierschke) of Viking; brother, Austin Rue, of Bemidji; sister, Melissa Paradis of Warren; grandparents, “Butch” and Renette Engen of Newfolden; and several aunts and uncles.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.