Farming Rural 12

Aaron Lee Mares

February 5, 1985 ~ April 16, 2019 (age 34)


Aaron L. Mares, age 34 of Clintonville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the Township of Bear Creek.

Aaron Lee Mares was born February 5, 1985 in New London to Terry L. Mares and Jeanne (Klegin) Rohloff. He attended Clintonville High School and graduated with the class of 2003. Aaron continued to work on the Mares family farm and later also worked as a mechanic for Len Ebert & Sons, Town of Bear Creek. He loved farming with his dad and was a great asset to the operation; often coming up with new ideas or ways to make things more efficient. Aaron loved to operate the combine when it would come time to do custom harvesting in the fall; his attention to detail while in the combine was very evident to both his father and their customers. In his spare time, Aaron liked to hunt, fish, and just be outdoors. He also loved motorsports; snowmobiling in the winter, lawn mower racing at GSR Kartway, and garden tractor pulling with Cross County Line Pullers. He also liked to cook and wasn’t afraid to go “all-in” with a recipe or a new cooking technique. Aaron was a guy who would always go out of his way to help others at work on the farm, in the shop, or with special projects at church. Although he didn’t have any children of his own, Aaron was the favorite uncle in the family who also became a strong father-figure after his brother-in-law passed away. His patience, understanding, and way of speaking with his niece and nephews really stood out and left a lasting impression. Aaron will be remembered for his big smile, his fix anything MacGyver skill set, and the love he had for family and friends. 

Aaron is survived by his parents: Terry L. Mares, Clintonville & Jeanne (Mike) Rohloff, Marion
Sister: Melissa Smith, Marion
Brother: Andy (Tabby) Mares, Bear Creek
Step-sister: Molly (Ty) Stepniewski, Stillwater, MN
A niece, Bailey Mares & nephews, Elijah & Isaiah Smith & Corbin Mares.
He also leaves behind, his canine companions: Molly, Katie, & Gretchie

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leona & Bernard Mares & Louie & Dixie Klegin; as well as a brother-in-law, Jermaine Smith.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bear Creek, with the Fr. John “Jack” Mullarkey & Deacon Lincoln Wood officiating. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Parish cemetery following the service.

Friends may call from 4 – 8 PM on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, and again on Tuesday at the church from 9 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Aaron’s name are preferred to be directed to the family.

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April 22, 2019

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory
53 N. Main St.
Clintonville, WI 54929

April 23, 2019

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
300 Welcome Ave
Bear Creek, WI 54922

Funeral Service
April 23, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
300 Welcome Ave
Bear Creek, WI 54922

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