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Austin R. Carlen, 20

Austin Robert Carlen, age 20, of Cokato, formerly of Dassel, died Monday, May 20, 2013, in the Richmond area.

He was born March 14, 1993, in Litchfield, the son of Kevin and Nicole (Kelly) Carlen.

Austin grew up in Dassel, and graduated from the Dassel-Cokato High School in 2011.

He was a member at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, where he was both baptized and confirmed.

Austin was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, and snowmobiling. He could often be found on a tractor helping his grandfather on the farm.

He was a member of the Cokato Kings baseball team for the past few years, and was a past member of the DC Charger football and basketball teams, and a catcher on the baseball team.

While in high school, Austin started his own lawn mowing and snow removal business and recently purchased a landscaping company. He also had worked for Hector Farms, helping with the spring and fall field work. He was doing well and enjoyed being his own boss and helping others.

One of Austin’s greatest joys was working with the land, be it on a tractor, or on a lawn mower working to create the perfect stripe pattern on a lawn.

Austin had a generous heart that overflowed with love for his family and friends. A phone call was all it took, and he would stop everything to help. From his almost daily phone calls to mom and dad, just “seeing what’s up,” to stopping at his younger cousins’ home to play, and stopping at the farm to check in, Austin was always putting others first. He experienced more in his 20 years than some do in a lifetime.

Austin is loved and will be eternally missed by his parents, Kevin and Nicole Carlen of Dassel; sisters Lexi Carlen, Anna Carlen, and Alyssa “Bisser” Carlen, all of Dassel; his brother of the heart, Brady Stamer; paternal grandparents, Harlund and Mary Carlen of Dassel; maternal grandparents, Tim and Robin Kelly of Dassel; great-grandparents Dennis and Marlys Ortquist of Cokato; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Robert and Beverly Kelly, and Norman and Lila Carlen; great-great-grandmothers Helen Salmela, and Doris Kelly; and great-great-grandfather Claude Gillman.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Philips Catholic Church in Litchfield with Father Joe Steinbeisser officiating. Interment followed at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery in Annandale.

Visitation was Friday evening, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.