Everett Dwayne Austin, 69, of Caledonia, Minn., died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at his home after a life-long struggle with heart complications due to contracting rheumatic fever as a child. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters at the time of his death.
He was born May 4, 1943, in Lanesboro, Minn., to Floyd and Doris (Pederson) Austin. Everett and his sister Darlene were raised on the Austin family farm near Newburg, Minn. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1961, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State University. Everett started his Master’s in Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., but transferred to Winona State University for completion. He taught Industrial Arts in Jefferson, Wis. from 1965 to 1967, where he met Marilyn Thompson. They married Feb. 11, 1967, after which they moved to Caledonia, Minn., where they have resided since. Everett taught Industrial Arts and Geometry at Caledonia High School from 1969 until retiring in 1999. Everett was a hunter who travelled to Broadus, Mont. to hunt elk in his younger years. He also hunted deer and pheasant at the family farm near Newburg. Everett enjoyed fishing and would go to Canada and Northern Minneasota with his teacher co-workers in the summer. He also taught gun safety training, snowmobile training, and Community Education courses. He was a past member of the Caledonia Lion’s Club where he served as President and Secretary for many years. He owned Austin’s Antique Firearms and would repair antique rifles for people all over the country. One of his many joys after retirement was being a member in good standing at the Round Table at the Redwood Café in Caledonia.
Everett is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn; his daughters, Martha (Edward) Lobb, Wheaton, Ill.; Sarah (Mark) Burmeister, Spring Valley, Minn.; Amy Taets of Aurora, Ill., and Susana (Martin) Estavillo, Montevideo, Uruguay, South America; grandchildren, Samantha and Thornton Lobb; Joshua, Matthew, and Nathan Burmeister; Jacob and Jonathan Taets, and Constanza and Justina Estavillo; sister, Darlene (George) Bradner, Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Lana Thompson-Sutton, Naperville, Ill.; brother-in-law, Patrick (Susan) Thompson, Gambrills, Md. and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Doris (Pederson) Austin; in-laws, Kenneth and Anna (Ninnemann) Thompson and brother-in-law, Paul Sutton.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 12 at 12 noon at the Caledonia United Methodist Church, 308 N. Kingston St. Rev. Mark Bengtson will officiate. Burial will be in the Newburg United Methodist Church Cemetery, Newburg. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Caledonia United Methodist Church, the American Heart Foundation, or Independent school District 299 Foundation. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.