Christopher Charles Austad, 58, of Viroqua, Wis., died of sudden but natural causes on August 7, 2020.
Chris was born on May 8, 1962, in Cambridge, Minn., to Charles and Ann (Ferden) Austad. He grew up in Bemidji, Minn., and was a graduate of Bemidji High School and North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N. Dak.
He was the proud father of three children: his son Jacob, and daughters Elise and Ericka.
Chris enjoyed long talks, conspiracies, learning, vehicles of all sorts, and wordplay. He was always full of news and jokes and was never boring. Above all, he loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted, committed, doting grandpa and delighted in the time he spent with all of his grandchildren. He had several interesting career paths, his favorite of which was running his family farm, the most recent being an over-the-road truck driver. He owned two prior businesses: Shoe Repair Plus in Bemidji, Minn., and Tool Shed Inc. in Albert Lea, Minn.
He is survived by his mother Ann Austad of Bemidji, Minn.; his grandmother Martha (Olstad) Ferden of Rushford, Minn.; his aunt Louise Bell of Kirtland, Ohio; his partner Mary Myhre of Viroqua, Wis.; children Jacob Dahle (Megan Glimsdal) of Ashby, Minn., Elise (Rocky) Rigney of Fort Collins, Colo., and Ericka Austad of Whalan, Minn.; grandchildren Eric, Lars, Samantha, Sloan, Ava, Stella, J.D., and Ford; sister Jana Austad of Baxter, Minn. and her children Carina, Ava, and Joseph; brother James Austad of Baudette, Minn., and his son Odin; and the mother of his daughters, Linda Erickson of Lanesboro, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his father Charles Austad, his grandfather James Ferden, grandparents Clarence and Lillian (Helgemoe) Austad, and uncle Robert Bell.
A Celebration of Life open house will be held at Cedar Valley Resort Event Center on Sunday, August 30, from 1-4 p.m. located at 905 Bench St. Whalan, MN 55949.
The family prefers memorials be directed to “Family of Chris Austad” 634 Main St., Whalan, Minn. 55949.