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Austin David Bodahl

Austin David Bodahl, age 23, of Waconia, died Wednesday May 23, 2007 in Madison, Wis.

Austin was born Sept. 25, 1983 in Waconia, to Lawrence D. and Jane C. (Ask) Bodahl. He was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia Jan. 15, 1984 by the Rev. Kenneth Kotzer. Austin was confirmed May 2, 1999 at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. Daniel Warnes.

Adventuresome, inquisitive, and creative, Austin enjoyed painting, drawing, and creative writing. He loved to fish, camp, read, and take pictures. He had a shining personality with a quick wit and a ready laugh.

Austin especially loved children and older seniors. He was gifted with an ability to meet and talk with strangers and friends alike. Although he led an often troubled life, Austin was loved by all who chanced to know him.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ottar and Velda Bodahl, and Carroll Ask; step grandfather Luther Johnson; uncle Gordon Goldsmith; and aunt Virginia Bodahl.

He is survived by his loving and supportive family, parents Jane and Lawrence (Larry) Bodahl of Waconia; sisters and brother-in-law, Corrie and Damon Merten of Glencoe, and Emily Bodahl of Waconia; nieces Jane Austin, Sophia Grace, Eloise Mae Merten, and Georgia Isabelle (Bodahl) Widmer; and grandmother Phyllis Ask of Waconia.

Austin is further survived by uncles and aunts Thomas Ask of Deephaven, Claudette Ask of Minneapolis, John and Karen Ask of Bloomington, Richard and Merlina Ask of Maintland, Fla., James and Susan Ask of Eden Prairie, Robert Bodahl of Roswell, Ga., Gerald and Helen Bodahl of Backus, James and Gloria Bodahl of Baudette, Daniel and Phyllis Bodahl of Richfield, and Sharon Goldsmith of Lengby; cousins; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral service was Wednesday May 30 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Jon Wall officiating. Interment was at the Faith Rutz Lake Cemetery in Waconia.

Casket bearers were Nicolas (Nick) Gee, William (Bill) Ask, Samuel Cousin, Cole Hackbarth, Chuck Young, Wes Anderson, Joe Johnston, and Nicolas (Nick) Lefler.

Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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