|Eldon Augustine, 57,|
|Written by TRF Times|
Holt - Eldon Augustine, 57, of Holt, died suddenly on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at his home working on his dream with his son, Mark by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Sheila Michaels and Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating. Interment will follow at the Holt Cemetery in Holt.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church.
Eldon James Augustine was born on July 23, 1955 in Thief River Falls, the son of Marlan and Doris (Larson) Augustine. He was baptized in 1955 and confirmed in 1970 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. Eldon attended school in Holt, and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1973.
Following high school, Eldon continued to work with his parents on the family farm. They had dairy cattle, beef cattle and farmed small grains. He eventually took over the operation.
On July 24, 1976, Eldon was united in marriage to Marla Nelson at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. To this union, three children were born: Matthew, Mark and Holly. They made their home on the Augustine family farm in Excel Township, Marshall County. Together, they farmed with brother-in-law Jay until 1998, at which time Eldon went to work for Dan Engen Construction. In 2007, he went to work for Hawkes Company in East Grand Forks, where he worked until the time of his death.
He was a “jack of all trades” and was always willing to help his neighbors and friends. He didn’t have an enemy in the world. Eldon was very knowledgeable in everything he did and was a very hard working man. He could diagnose his daughter Holly’s problems from hundreds of miles away and enjoyed traveling to the cities to help his son, Matt, with house projects. Eldon was very proud of his children and grandchildren and all they had accomplished.
Eldon enjoyed hunting, muzzle loading, flying, fishing (hard water), curling, spending time outdoors, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was very active in the Newfolden Agassiz Rod & Gun Club and was a member of the Eagle’s Club in Thief River Falls. Eldon served on the Newfolden School Board from 1985 until 2000. In 1991, he was elected chairman of the board and served as chairman until 2000.
Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Marla of Holt; children, Matthew (Trisha Hartung) Augustine of Apple Valley, Mark (Miki) Augustine of Newfolden, and Dr. Holly Augustine of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Kaydence and Kelby Augustine; sister, Barbara (Ronald) Moe of Dalton, and brother Daryl (Paulette) Augustine of Higginsville, Mo.; father-in-law, Donald (Julie) Nelson of Williams; brothers-in-law, Donavan Nelson, Darwin (Sue) Nelson, Jay Nelson; sisters-in-law, Nancy (Dan) Engen, Jodi (Doug) Schultz; best friend, Joel Swan and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Mildred Nelson.
Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.