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Life Story / Obituary
Aaron Rothley was a compassionate person to know and to love. Known as easy-going, generous, and friendly, he often put the needs of others before his own. Quiet and humble, Aaron was always one to send others cheerful texts or check up on them during times of need. There simply wasn't anything he wouldn't do to show his sincere concern or to help someone. Deeply loved, he will be greatly missed by the wonderful friends and family he leaves behind.
The year 1969 brought about many significant moments in our nation’s history. The Woodstock concert attracted more than 350,000 Rock-n-Roll fans to New York, the Beatles made their final live performance, and Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. Aaron Boyd arrived on February 1st to loving parents, Ron and Barbara Rothley in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His birth brought them much joy and happiness during a promising decade in our nation’s history.
Aaron lived a happy childhood. While growing up, the family lived in Wyoming before later moving to Marshall Street in Kentwood when Aaron was seven years old. He shared his home with his half-siblings; Tobey, Scott, and Molly as well as his brother, Todd. He and Todd were especially close as they were similar in age. Tobey and Molly were often known to watch and entertain their younger brothers. He spent much of his childhood outdoors riding his bicycle, climbing trees, playing baseball, and spending time with the family pets. Active as a youngster, Aaron took karate lessons and was a member of the Boy Scouts. Ron and Barbara were very active parents and were involved with the Scouts. Ron was a troop leader and supported both Todd and Aaron with earning their Eagle Scout Awards. Aaron attended Valley Wood Middle School and later graduated with the Class of 1987 from East Kentwood High School. Aaron was well-liked by his classmates and known to be a loyal friend. After graduating, Aaron set off for the world of work at X-Rite, Inc. His natural charm and ability to please others suited him well for his positions in customer service and sales. His dedication to his customers and his commitment to his fellow employees made a lasting impression on all who knew him.
Although Aaron was married twice, he found contentment in living independently for the last twenty years. He enjoyed spending each and every holiday with his family where there was always plenty of food, laughter, and love to go around! He remained very close to his parents and was always willing to care for their needs as they entered their final stages of life. An avid fisherman, Aaron loved spending time on the water. He was also fond of camping. Any time he was outdoors, Aaron felt the peace and solace of nature. A craft beer lover, he recently started a hobby of growing hops on the deck of his apartment to brew his own batches. For relaxation during the colder months, he loved playing video games with friends. All in all, the most important part of Aaron’s life was the time he spent with his family. Selfless and loving, he leaves a legacy of being a kind-hearted person who accepted everyone. Gone too soon, may his loved ones always feel his presence and treasure the fond memories they made with him over the years.
Aaron B. Rothley, age 53, of Byron Center, MI passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2022. Aaron was born February 1, 1969, in Grand Rapids to the late Ronald and Barbara (Whittemore) Rothley. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Timm C. Roelofs Sr. Aaron was employed with X-Rite for many years. He will be remembered as a gentle and quiet man who enjoyed fishing, sports, and friendships. Aaron is survived by his siblings, Tobey Halston, Scott (Deb) Daniels, Molly Roelofs, Todd Rothley; several nieces and nephews, and many close friends. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 7 PM at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive NW. Friends may visit with his family beginning at 6 PM. Memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave a memory or condolence please visit www.heritagelifestory.com