Aaron James Sissel
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Spc. Aaron James Sissel, 22, of Tipton, Iowa, gave his life on Nov. 29, 2003, while serving his country in Iraq. Aaron was born on Feb. 14, 1981, and was the son of Kirk and JoAllyn (McQuillen) Sissel. He graduated with the 1999 Tipton High School Class. Aaron was an active student, participating in FFA, football and baseball. He was also an avid stock car and NASCAR fan and Michigan Wolverines and Iowa Hawkeyes fan and had a great love for bowling. Aaron enlisted with the Iowa National Guard on Sept. 26, 1996. He most recently was assigned to the Iowa Army National Guard's 2133rd Transportation Company, headquartered in Centerville, with detachments in Muscatine and Cedar Rapids.
Aaron is survived by his mother, Jo Sissel, his father, Kirk Sissel, and wife, Cindy, and his sister, Shanna, all of Tipton; his grandparents, Lyle and Maurine McQuillen, of Bennett, Iowa, and George and Peggy Sissel, of DeWitt, Iowa; and his great-grandmother, Luella Goodale, of Mechanicsville, Iowa. He is also survived by his fiancée, Specialist Kari N. Prellwitz, who is formally of New Hampton, Iowa, but is currently serving her country with the Iowa Army National Guard in Iraq.
Funeral services for Aaron Sissel will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Tipton Middle School gymnasium, with the Rev. DeLane Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Tipton Masonic Cemetery with full military graveside rites. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Tipton Middle School gymnasium. A memorial fund has been established for Aaron. Contributions may be sent to the Specialist Aaron J. Sissel Memorial Fund, in care of Federal Employee's Credit Union, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, 601 Highway 6 West, Iowa City, IA 52240. Online memorials may be sent to Aaron's family by logging on www.fryfuneralhome.com. Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, is assisting Aaron's family and the Iowa Army National Guard with funeral arrangements.

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Published in Quad-City Times on Dec. 6, 2003.
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November 20, 2017
I would like to inform the loved ones that Aaron is being honored on the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial. For more information please visit www.middleeastconflictswall.org
November 4, 2013
Thank you for your service to our country!
lor eastep
May 4, 2013
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 20, 2012
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
November 30, 2011
November 29, 2011
To the family and friends of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
Please accept my remembrance of Aaron on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 7, 2011
To the family of Spc Aaron J Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
November 29, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
Remembering Aaron on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
July 10, 2010
Aaron, I know you are taking care of G'ma McQuillen now. My tears flow, but I know you are both in a better place.
Mom
May 30, 2010
Thinking of you Aaron on this memorial Day. I hope God is taking good care of you.
Love, Gramps and Gram.
April 26, 2010
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 7, 2010
Everyday in every way I miss you! I love you always and wonder often why you were taken while I am still here... I know that someday I will feel your hug and see that smile again..
Mom
February 14, 2010
Happy Birthday Aaron! We love you.
Gramps and Gram
December 21, 2009
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Kenna Kay
November 11, 2009
Hi Aaron, we miss you very much.
Love, Gram and Gramps
July 11, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Pauline Schwitzer,Hernandez
June 12, 2009
James Costas, Jr
May 26, 2009
I miss him.
Renae Dlouhy
May 25, 2009
I never got the chance to meet Aaron but if he was anything like his mama he had to be a great person. I want everyone to know that I appreciate him defending our country.He is in my thoughts on memorial day.
Carol Plowman
May 25, 2009
5 1/2 years now and I will never stop missing you! Now all the puppies are with 'their boy', not really what I planned on for Memorial Day. I love you, miss you and honor your memory everyday.
MOM
May 25, 2009
Always our hero!
May 25, 2009
Aaron, Grandpa and I love you and miss you. We rememeber you everday not just Memorial Day.
Gram
May 22, 2009
I am the Grandma to Aaron, and you were in no way to blame for his death. Please seek help for your problem. The VA has much help.
Grandma
May 18, 2009
Aaron,

I was there the day they took you. I whish I could have done more, I should have done more. If I could go back in time I would have changed your route and maybe you would still be here with us. Sorry.

Goose
April 20, 2009
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
February 17, 2009
Happy birthday last weekend Boss.
Matthew J Fonteyne
February 14, 2009
Happy 28th my special guy! Though you will always be 22 in my heart. I love you and miss you so much!
Mom
February 14, 2009
Happy Birthday Aaron
Love, Gram and Gramps
December 25, 2008
Hi Aaron!
We love and miss you so much.
Love Gramps and Gram
Lyle and Maurine McQuillen
December 23, 2008
Hey honey...I know now that Robert has joined you there will be good times in Heavens garage and on the race track...
Mom
December 9, 2008
I can't believe it has been 5 years since you were taken from us. Barrett is leaving for Afghanistan soon. Please watch over him, as well as Corey and Kari. I miss you!
Stephanie Bixby
December 3, 2008
In Memory of Aaron ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Aaron, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
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Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
November 30, 2008
I can hardly believe it has been 5 years since you were taken from us. I saw your 'twin' at the airport last Wednesday...too weird. Kari is headed back to Iraq soon and I know you will have her back.
I love you and miss you!
Mom
November 27, 2008
Thanksgiving Day, 2008
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
Aaron gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
November 11, 2008
Happy Veterans' Day, Aaron. I suppose you know now that Corey and Kari are both headed back to Iraq. Please be their guardian while they are there. Today is the day when we all remember, freedom is not free. Thank you for everything, boss.
Matthew Fonteyne
October 5, 2008
For some reason today I feel that I need to touch base with you. Kari will be leaving for Iraq by Christmas. I don't want her to go...but I know you will look out for her. By the way...I know little Ms. Tru Aaron Sissel-Lemburg is going to be her uncle over and over again!
Love you!
MOM
MOM
June 27, 2008
Take care of Baby Devlin.
Mom
June 24, 2008
Last Saturday I went to the rededication of the Cedar County Soldiers' memorial. They added your name, along with Don Griffith, Jr. and David Behrle. It sort of felt like you were there with the kids and me that day. I guess maybe you were, in spirit. We miss you so much Aaron, one day we will meet again.
Matthew J. Fonteyne
May 23, 2008
Happy Memorial Day boss. Thank you for being such a great friend, and thank you so much for the sacrifice you made so that the rest of us could continue on the way we do. I still miss you like no other but this weekend is no time to be selfish, so here's to you Aaron, you live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Matthew J.
Matt Fonteyne
April 19, 2008
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 14, 2008
Rocky joined you today...he has always wondered where his 'boy' was.
Mom
April 11, 2008
For you my son.


Sitting here remembering,

The smile upon your face

And how it made the world light up

You were full of heavenly grace.

No longer can I see your face

For you are with God above

But your loving smile will always be

Tucked in my heart with love.

I know you wouldn’t want to see

Me crying the way I do,

But losing you was a part of me

And days, I can’t make it through.

Do you hear me crying?

It’s because some days I’m down

I look around for you,

But you’re nowhere to be found.


Only pictures now remain of you;

Special songs that meant so much

So if you hear me crying,

It’s because I can’t feel your touch.

Sometimes I think I see you,

On a crowded street or mall.

I then run up and call your name,

But it wasn’t you at all.

My heart still aches in sadness

And tears, oh how they flow!

What it meant to lose you,

No one will ever know.

So, if you hear me crying,

It’s something I can’t control

Just understand my darling,

When I’m again with you, I’ll be whole.



“Author”

Ruth Ann Mahaffey

©copyright Sept 2007
Jo Sissel
March 22, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Spc Sissel!
February 14, 2008
Hey, Aaron.....Happy Birthday!
Gramps and I love you.
Gram
February 14, 2008
Happy Birthday honey! You would have been 27 today. I made it til 3pm without crying but that's over. I love you and will miss you forever. Always in my heart.
Mom
mamajo
February 14, 2008
Hey Boss, just dropped in to wish you a happy birthday. Hard to believe you would have been 27 today. Don't worry, I'll drink some beer for you!

Matthew J.
Matt Fonteyne
January 5, 2008
You would be proud of me! I managed to get through the date of your death, burial, Christmas and New Years this year without losing my mind. Now I want to let you know that Kari and Devlin need you and God's help. Devlin needs a heart transplant at 4 months of age. Please keep watching over all of us!
Love you and miss you!
Mom
December 6, 2007
Hi Aaron, Miss you. Just heard a song that a soldier wrote , and it made me sad, but I am so reminded of you. And your Mom who I'm sure is so sad too. Love, Maurine & Lyle
December 2, 2007
It is hard to put in to words what my heart wants to say to you. I miss you everyday. I dont get down to Tipton enough to see you or any of our friends, but I am sure you all understand how busy I have been since Devlin was born. Guess What? :) Its been a long time. I Love You Aaron James
Kari Prellwitz
November 30, 2007
We have been missing you for 4 years now and it doesn't get easier. I'm only your auntie but I'm your mother's sister and i know she aches for you every day...as all of the family does...love auntie lee
LeeAnn Dempsey
November 30, 2007
Hello Aaron-
I left that poem to express how we feel...it is so hard to believe that it was 4 years ago yesterday that you were taken from us...It just doesn't seem possible that it has been that long, there have been so many changes good and bad but through them all everyone thinks about you! I know you are watching over all of us and seeing the tears, and beers that we all share and wishing you were here. We love you and miss you so much!!
Dan, Mindy & Presten Hodgden
November 30, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007


Dan, Mindy & Presten Hodgden
November 29, 2007
November 12, 2007
Hey Boss. Happy Veterans' Day. Little Livvie now recognizes your pictures (she's only 2 yet) and always says "I love Uncle Aaron." It brings a smile to my face every time! Miss you Boss.

Matthew J.
Matthew J. Fonteyne
November 12, 2007
Veterans Day...you never had a chance to celebrate it...I know you are watching over all of us... and all those still fighting for our Freedom.
I Love You!
MOM
November 11, 2007
Watching the races Aaron, and thinking about you and your service to us. We thank you and miss you sooo much.
Love, Gram and Gramps
November 9, 2007
Love to above, Aaron. Love to your mom, dad, sis, niece, g-ma's & g-pa's and all..love auntie lee
LeeAnn Dempsey
November 6, 2007
Aaron today I thought of you. A picture of you and Katie is on my office wall and I think of you often. I read your mothers entry about my Mom Helen joining you and I'm sure the cards and drinks are on the table. She loved you. Now my Dad Mel is there too. We bought a flag that was in your honor in a memorial to Veterans and 911 victims in the city where I live, there were 5000 flags, it flys everyday. Thanks for being apart of my family.
Love Wayne Lea Chris and Sean Sissel
Wayne Sissel
September 25, 2007
Aaron will always be missed and loved by everyone who met him. His family is in our prayers.
Brandy Martin
September 25, 2007
Hey Aaron. It's been about 2 years now since I signed your guestbook but wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten about you. I think of you often and remember the good times we all had with you. Even though I didn't know you as well as some, I will never forget how sweet and caring your heart was to every you came in contact with. There are times when I'm with your fellow soldiers from 2133rd and we will sit down and "remember" you. I haven't been to see your memorial yet, but promise I will make it out there this year. I can't imagine how your moms heart must ache with pain. I just hope and pray that someday she will be able to see you again. I miss you Aaron!
Amanda Elshoff
August 31, 2007
Well, I know you know that Aunt Helen has joined you...I am sure the cards are out and the drinks are on the table, I know she was your favorite aunt.
Damn it I miss you!
MOM
August 6, 2007
I don't pretend to know what to say or do that would bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON (KIA on 07/06/07) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 20, 2007
So we have this shirt that has your picture on it.. Tru wants to wear that shirt to bed every night. We will get her pjs and she will say I want to wear Uncle Aaron. We went to the parade on the 4th and the VFW men/women passed by and Tru said look theres Uncle Aaron... What do you say to that... She wants to meet you soo bad but I dont know how to do that, will she understand...
We all love you and miss you soo much

Shanna, Tucson and Tru
Shanna
July 7, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Spc Sissel and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
May 29, 2007
sunday nite Tru and I watched 60 minutes. It was about one Iowa National Guard unit. Of course I had a melt down and she asked why... I told her I missed her Uncle Aaron. being 2 1/2 she wanted to know where you are. I told her we would go but just couldn't do it. We lost another from Tipton and I am sure you are taking David under your wing. You two sound an awful lot alike... I miss you honey....
Mom
Jo Sissel
May 28, 2007
Dear Aaron,
Missing you and sending my love to you and your family. Love, Auntie Lee
LeeAnn Dempsey
May 26, 2007
Hi, Aaron,
Gramps and I miss you so much. We will never forget you and what you did for us.
Love, Gramps and Gram
Maurine McQuillen
April 20, 2007
Well it has been a while since I have left a message for you...You officially have a new newphew...Presten Lee Hodgden, was adopted on December 30, 2006. In our hearts we know you were with us on that day and at the party we had to celebrate the adoption. As we babtism him in May I know that you will be his guardian angel and help guide him thru life to make good choices and to help give his mom and dad and few gray hairs!! We have taken Presten to meet you and have shown him lots of pictures and he knows who is Uncle Aaron the hardest thing of us was when he asked when can he meet you...I explained the best I could to a 4 year old that you are always with us and everytime you feel a cool breeze that only you can feel it is your uncle Aaron saying Hi and reminding you that he is here! You will never know the impact you have and had on our lives...we love you so much and miss you more and more everyday!!!
Hoss, Mindy & Presten Hodgden
April 19, 2007
If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken.
No time to say "Goodbye".
You were gone before I knew it,
and only GOD knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you -
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times,
life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today -
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you'll always stay.

Unknown Author


When i was first told you had died, by Tiffany, I didn't really have a reaction, i guess shock is what happened, i didn't try to deny it and tell anyone they were liers or anything, i just didn't really face it that you were gone. I went to your funural, cried a little, but was most just there physically, It's taken a few years for it to really soak in, and only this year has it gotten to the point of grief and pain. I enjoy looking back on my memmories of you, even though they are few. You made me smile when i wanted to cry, you made me laugh when i wanted to die. I miss you, but i know i will see you again someday, when i can get to know you all over again, on the streets of Heaven.
Have some fun up there my friend, and keep the party going for when the rest of us join you.
Tyhera Thomas
March 20, 2007
Aaron James. It has been quite a while since I have written you a message or come to see you. I just want you to know that I have not forgotten and that I will never forget. I will love you always.
Kari Prellwitz
March 20, 2007
THE FINAL
INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Marine waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."


~Author Unknown~ AMEN TO THAT!


It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.



If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military,
Please pass this on and pray for our men and women
Who have served and are currently serving our country
And pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


THESE COLORS DON'T RUN

We love you Aaron
Gram & Gramps
March 8, 2007
The sun rises in the morning and sets in the night,
the only thing missing is you by their side.
Your laughter's still heard, your smiles still seen.
Your spirit is living in the lives they all lead.
Aaron, please know, yes life does go on... and you are a still with them as they journey along.

Aaron,I have no memories but have been given so many blessings by you....
Stace
February 18, 2007
God knows that we all miss you Aaron. I think about you all the time. The war is still in my head everyday. The scars just don't heal. The mental scar of your early depart is the hardest one to take. I miss you man.
Chad Flory
February 14, 2007
Happy birthday Boss! Mine came and went this year as it has every year since you've been gone. It's just not the same without our Dual Birthday party. Valentine's Day will always have a separate meaning to me. Love ya Boss.

Matthew J.
Matthew J. Fonteyne
February 14, 2007
Missing you on your birthday, we love you!!!
MOM
February 13, 2007
Happy Birthday Aaron.
We love you and know you are watching over us.
Love, Gram and Gramps
February 7, 2007
Aaron, your birthday is just a week away. Wish you were here so we could all celebrate it. You are thought about every day. We miss you and Love you very much.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARRON!!!
LOVE, DAD, CINDY, ALI, AND BUDDY
CINDY
January 19, 2007
Hey Aaron ill always remember gate security at Camp Dodge your Army buddy and friend Spc. Scott M. Guthrie
Scott Guthrie
December 25, 2006
Merry Christmas, we love you!
MOM
December 4, 2006
Wow. Its been another year. I joined the crew last year shortly before the anniversary of your death, but this last year has been a real learning experience.

The saying that its not what you take with you when you go but what you leave behind is so true. You have left an awesome impression on everyone, even those that you didn't know but are getting to know you now.
Robert Olinger
November 29, 2006
Love you ..Auntie Lee
LeeAnn Dempsey
November 29, 2006
We miss you very much Aaron.
We love you still.
Gram and Gramps McQuillen
November 29, 2006
Three years have passed and I still expect to see you walk through the door...my brain may understand but my heart does not. I know God is caring for you until we can be together again.
Always loved...forever missed.
Mom
November 28, 2006
In remembrance of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel, on this 3rd anniversary of the day he gave his life for our Country and for Freedom.
May Aaron, rest safely in the Loving Care of God and know that he is a True American hero, that shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
May the Peace of the Lord continue to be with the Sissel family.
There will never be enough ways, to humbly thank these Heroes, for their Supreme Sacrifice,
My brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death,
nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have have passed away."
Revelations 21:4

May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have, will remain in your heart forever and that this Country remembers Aaron's sacrifice.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
November 10, 2006
Well it's that time of year again, we are all busy getting ready for the bowling tournament to honor you, we are having in on Veteren's day which was a great idea to have it on that day to honor so many people's HERO which is you! You have touched and are still touching so many people's lives! We love you and miss you so much and know you are the angel on our shoulders and the wind beaneath our wings! Miss you tons!!!
Hoss and Mindy Hodgden
November 9, 2006
Happy Veterans' Day early Boss. I won't be around to make an entry this weekend, but I'll never forget what you mean to me and everyone else for that matter. I only wish you were here to celebrate with us.

Matthew J.
Matthew J. Fonteyne
November 7, 2006
Hey bud, It's that time of the year, once again we're having the bowling tournament, but this time it's on an appropriate day NOV 11th, Veterans Day. We will also once again be visiting you on the 29th. You've touched so many that never knew you, but by word of mouth. You are always in my thoughts. Love ya man.
Jethro
August 29, 2006
Another Memorial Day and we miss you so much. We love you Aaron.
Gram & Gramps McQuillen
August 26, 2006
Every day. every hour, every minute, every second, I think of you. There are almost good days and bad days. I miss you aand love you very much. I know you are looking out for all of us...

MOM
MOM
August 26, 2006
My son, my HERO
August 22, 2006
Hey Boss, we went and saw Mark play at the State Fair last weekend, both nights! I sure wish you could have been there. I guess you and Chris were watching the shows together... You're still in my mind and heart every day.

Matthew J.
Matthew J. Fonteyne
August 10, 2006
Not a day goes by that we don't think of you, your contagious smile, your great sense of humor. Our memories carry us through the hard times and knowing that you are watching over all whose lives you touched.. You are forever in our hearts, Aaron.. We love you and miss you so much!
Corey and Kelli Thumma
May 29, 2006
This Memorial Day we thank you for giving your life for us. We love you Aaron. Love, Gram and Gramps Mc
April 26, 2006
To the family of Spc. Aaron J. Sissel:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 28 May, 2006. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “What Are We to Remember?” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 4, 2006
I just wanted to let the family and friends of Aaron know you are all in my heart and prayers. I know Aaron and my brother are both looking down on us. He is a hero that will live on forever in the hearts of people who never given the chance to meet him in person and the people who have so many wonderful memories of time spent with him. I can say I feel your pain everyday of my life and am here to listen. Aaron you are a hero that will live on forever.

I wish I could have met you.
Mandy Weber
Mandy Griffith/ Weber
March 2, 2006
Hey Boss - It's almost springtime again, and the end of bowling season is coming fast. Howdy, Kevin, Tom, Paul, and I are in the running to win it back to back. You are still a member of our team and I think all the time about all the fun we had. All our wins are for you. Renee wishes she could have known you better; Corinne and Logan are growing fast and are beginning to understand the sacrifice you made for us all. And Little Olivia will know one day as well. We will never forget! We love and miss you.

Matthew J.
Matthew J Fonteyne
March 2, 2006
Aaron:
Wish you could see your niece. She is the prettiest little girl, and oh so sweat. I'm sure you would have her spoiled rotten!!! You are greatly missed by your Dad and I. You will always be in our hearts, and on our minds. You are a HERO!!! We think and talk about you alot. Love you always!
Dad, Cindy, Ali, and Buddy Love
Cindy Sissel
February 15, 2006
We just want to wish you a Happy Birthday and express how much we love you and miss you! We know you are watching over us and helping us in our quest of adopting Presten, and thanks to you we are getting closer! You have always been there for us and we love you so much for that! We wish you were here to meet him because we are sure you would love him as much as we do! You are the "wind beneath our wings" and always will be!
Hoss and Mindy Hodgden
February 14, 2006
25 years ago today I held you in my arms for the first time, and never knew I could love a person so much that it hurts. Today I hold you in my heart and will forever! I Love You and miss you! Happy Birthday my special Valentine.
Mom
February 9, 2006
Your B'day is coming and we will ALL miss you even more. My heart breaks for the parents and loved ones who have lost someone so dear to them.
We love you Aaron.
Gram & Gramps McQuillen
January 1, 2006
Aaron,our hero,we are so blessed to have known and loved you. Keep watch over your mom,dad,sis and baby Tru and grandmas & grandpas and all of us as we keep you in our hearts...love you, auntie lee
LeeAnn Dempsey
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