Donald Austinson

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 17, 2009

Donald D. Austinson, 86
Donald D. Austinson, 86, of Trenton, Mo., formerly of Clarks Grove, died on July 15, 2009 at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Mo.
Funeral services for will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2009 at Hollandale Reformed Church. The Reverend Neal Ooms will officiate. Interment will be at Hollandale Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by area veteran’s organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to
Donald D. (Slug) Austinson was born on Jan. 30, 1923 to Oliver and Julia (Enerson) Austinson in Lyle, Minn. He grew up in the Lyle area and graduated from Lyle High School. Donald served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. After service, Donald returned to the Clarks Grove area and worked as a machine operator and shop superintendent for Universal Milking Machines, Co. Donald married Pearl Alders on Sept. 23, 1947 at Trondjem Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Hollandale Reformed Church and the American Legion. Donald also served on the Clarks Grove Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. Pearl died in 1995. On June 28, 1997 Donald was united in marriage to Betty L. Thrap/Poole in Nashua, Iowa. The couple made their home in Trenton, Mo. and Donna, Texas in the winter. While living in Trenton, Donald was a member of the First Christian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; children, Judean “Butch” (Jane) Austinson, Anaheim, Calif., Donald (Karen) Austinson, Jr., Clarks Grove, Minn. and Jackie (Al) Morris, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Jeff (Karli) Austinson and Julia Beth Austinson, Kelly (Frank) O’Neill, Stacie (Sean) Moore, A.J. Morris, Lisa (Mike) Mathison and Jay (Nikki) Austinson; great-grandchildren, Sydney and Brody Austinson, Dakota and Dylan Williamson, Abby Mathison, Hanna Austinson, Alex Morris, Jocee and Shannon O’Neill; sisters-in-law, Henrietta (Don) Viktora, Evelyn Hagen and Paulette (Pete) Lukanich; brothers-in-law, Art Alders, Henry Leutink and Kenny (Nancy) Thrap; many nieces and nephews.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pearl; sisters, Grace and Palma; brothers, Howard and Walter; sisters-in-law, Joanne Leutink, Edona Alders and Virginia Gioffredi; great-grandsons, Roderick Gruver and Trevor Austinson.

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