Aiden Clark, the 11-year-old student killed in bus crash, loved snuggling, sports and family

His obituary says he loved to play outside sports inside, create Minecraft worlds with his brother and trampoline with his sister.

Credit: Littleton & Rue Funeral Home

Credit: Littleton & Rue Funeral Home

The Northwestern Local Schools student who died in a bus crash that also injured dozens of children on Tuesday was a “unique, caring and inquisitive soul,” according to his obituary.

Aiden James Clark, 11, loved sports and learning, and he loved to garden vegetables with his dad, Nathan Clark, according to the Littleton and Rue obituary. He also enjoyed jumping on the trampoline with his sister, making Minecraft worlds with his older brother and snuggling with his mom, Danielle Clark.

“Taken before his time, Aiden will forever be in our thoughts and hearts,” the obituary stated. “Although memories can fade, the time spent with family is essential because happiness is made from those memories.”

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fellowship Church on Valley Loop Road in Springfield. Services will start Monday at 11 a.m. at the church followed by a community meal.

Aiden was killed about 8:14 a.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Troy Road (Ohio 41) at Lawrenceville, northwest of Springfield in Clark County. A 2010 Honda Odyssey went left of the center line into the path of the oncoming school bus.

Hermanio Joseph, 35, was arraigned on a vehicular homicide charge in the incident on Thursday. The case is expected to be presented to the Clark County Grand Jury on Monday.

Joseph and a passenger in the minivan had non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Mercy Health - Springfield.

Nearly two dozen of the 52 students on the bus sustained injuries that sent them to hospitals in the region.

According to his obituary, Aiden loved to play “old-school” board games, do word searches by flashlight in bed, play outdoor sports inside, chase his dog Daisy Mae and snuggle “with anyone.”

An online fundraiser and Meal Train for the Clark family had raised more than $77,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

On Aiden’s obituary page, more than 100 people donated trees, flowers, money or offered condolences to the family.

“We didn’t know Aiden, but he mattered and will never be forgotten,” one person who donated a memorial tree said. “We are holding you all in our hearts now and always.”

Cody Griesdorn, who identified himself on the page as one of Aiden’s baseball coaches, said he always came to practice “ready to have fun and learn the game,” and smiled no matter what happened.

“You will be forever missed and in our hearts. I’m honored to have known such a wonderful soul. Rest easy buddy,” Greisdorn wrote.

The German Twp. Police Department donated flowers to the Clark family and expressed its condolences.

Aiden’s parents are both school teachers, according to Huber Heights Mayor Jeff Gore. Danielle Clark teaches at Valley Forge Elementary School in Huber Heights, while Nathan Clark teaches in the Bethel school system in Miami County.

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