Trail – Rory Austad, 48, of Trail, and formerly of Goodridge, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Sand Valley Lutheran Church in Trail, with Pastor Dawn Hansen, LLM officiating. Larry Cullen will serve as honorary casket bearer. Active casket bearers include Tony Moen, Josh Myrum, Mike Affeldt, Michael Cullen, Keith Mathews and Tracey Kotrba. Interment will be held at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in Fosston.
There will also be reviewal for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinhoialmen.com.
Rory James Austad was born on Aug. 18, 1967 in Coon Rapids, to parents Lyle and Joyce Boman Austad. He grew up and attended school in Goodridge and Thief River Falls. He then attended the AVTI in Thief River Falls for auto body repair.
Rory worked as a carpenter in the Twin Cities and the Pequot Lakes/Brainerd area for several years. The last eight years, he spent working for Tony Moen for Northern Construction out of Goodridge. He and his fiancé, Melissa, resided in Goodridge until recently when they moved to Trail.
Rory loved hunting, fishing, animals, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He was known as a “jack-of-all-trades” and a fun-loving person who always had a smile on his face. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and family as someone with a heart of gold who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He will be missed.
Survivors include three children, Rachel, Katie and Michael; two grandchildren, Nathan and David; his father, Lyle of Fort Worth, Texas; fiancé, Melissa Hagman of Trail; four siblings, Troy (Nanette) of Oklee, Kellie (Jake) Macias of Fort Worth, Texas, Kari Wilde of Alexandria, and Carissa (Mike) Affeldt of Fosston. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
Rory was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce; step-mother, Vicki Austad; his grandparents, Ione and Ole Austad and Wallace and Violet Boman; uncles, Russell Austad and Gary Austad; and cousins, Jonathan Austad and Harold Myrum.