Zachary M. Bristol-Aldrich

Bristol-Aldrich, Zachary obit photoWaving Flag4Zachary Marcel Bristol-Aldrich, age 26, of Okemos, MI, passed away September 18, 2017.  Zachary was born November 15, 1990, in Lansing, MI. He graduated from Okemos High School in 2009.

Survived by his best friend “Goose”; his mother, Tammy Bristol-Aldrich; father, Jason Aldrich; twin brother, Shane Bristol-Aldrich (Teagan); sister, Destiny Aldrich; grandparents, Dennis & Bev Bristol, Jim & Cricket Aldrich, Darlene (Will) Meister; great-grandma, Janice Bristol; uncles, Chad (Rachel), Jeremy (Elise); aunts, Jean (Joe), Dawn (Donnie); nieces, Lillian and Katie; special cousins, Jillian, Lucas, Caitlyn, Drew, Riley, Hunter, and many more cousins, aunts, uncles and other extended family.

Hero, Son, Brother, Marine.  No matter how you regarded Zac, it was his smile and his sincere caring for anyone that made an instant and lasting impression.

Zac served proudly in Afghanistan and Iraq during his active service in the Marine.  He recently continued his service with the Army National Guard while finishing his bachelor’s degree in Athens, GA.  His ultimate goal had always been to be a police officer.

Zac’s light seemed it would go on forever.  Without any goodbye, his battle with PTSD caused him to end his own life.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Mount Hope Church, 202 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing. His family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. He will be laid to rest at East Lawn Memory Gardens in Okemos after the service.

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Douglas Kelshaw
September 25, 2017 at 1:12 pm

I was grateful to have Dan for a friend. He always had a kind heart and was a giver to friends and strangers alike and he never faltered reaching for the next rung on the ladder of courage and character. May his family and friends be blessed with peace, love, and God’s comfort in their hearts in this time of grief.

Mike Nevells
September 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Zach & Adam were wrestling team mates. Zach, along with the entire team, were a great comfort and support to us in 2009 when Adam left us. Heaven has one heck of wrestling team now.

Jill Johnson
September 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm

My prayers are with you. I was very saddened. I still remember the first day I saw the beautiful twin boys. Their proud mother brought them into the bank so their bright and shining grandmother could proudly introduce her co-workers. It was always a joyful topic for Beverlean and we loved listening. He has a special star shining for him and this light shall never dim. My condolences to all.

Jill Johnson, Dickson, TN

Jennifer Garza
October 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

Zachary was dearly loved by so many people. He was always sharing his beautiful smile, could make anyone laugh even in the worst of situations, and would stand up for others and what is right. God blessed us to have him for the time that we did and amidst the loss and tragic circumstances of his death, the only peace that I have in this situation is that by the grace of God, we can have some comfort in knowing that although missing Zachary will feel long and painful, the time will come that we can spend all of eternity in heaven together where there will be no more tears or pain or sorrow, just everlasting joy. There has never been before and never will again be another individual as unique and special as Zachary. Prayers for our family and friends as we mourn the loss of our loved one.


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