Austin E. Opheim 1982-2015
Funeral service for Austin E. Opheim of Cylinder will be held today, Thursday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Austin Eugene Opheim was born Oct. 28, 1982 in Emmetsburg to Eugene and Debra Opheim. He was a 2001 graduate of Emmetsburg High School and a graduate of the Iowa Lakes Farming Program.
On Sept. 3, 2015, Austin was united in marriage to his kindergarten crush, Brandi Egdorf at the Hartley Methodist Church. To this union Addison Ann and Aidyn Austin were born. They created a life together on a farm up the road from his parents.
Austin began farming from the moment his baby blue eyes could open. He had a love for farming his whole life. He would complain about the markets or the weather, it was in his blood, and he loved every minute of getting dirty. There was never a moment when he would walk in the house all clean. He always had that smirk on his face that meant one wrong move and you would be covered too.
A day never went by when Austin wasn’t outside with his dad or with AJ working on something, with Addi or Aidyn keeping a close eye on them. Austin was a loving father who worshipped his children. He worked hard and provided for them for everything they ever needed or wanted. He always bragged how he was going to have to lock his little girl away because she was the National Cover Model. He always told his son, “Aidyn, you need to get big so you can take over farming so daddy can retire.” We all knew he would never retire. He loved to work too much.
Austin enjoyed fishing, camping, being outdoors, and hunting. He was an avid hunter growing up. During one of his duck hunting weekends he intercepted a phone call from Brandi to her cousin Brad. From the moment of answering that call he asked her on a date and it was all over. The hunt was over.
Austin worked hard but he liked to play harder. He enjoyed going on snowmobile trips with Chris and Tony to the mountains, to the annual Opheim/Egdorf family vacation in Florida with his brother-law and sister-in-law, where he found his love of “boat trash”.
He enjoyed taking his little trips to hotels with his wife and kids. The latest was to Minneapolis where he took Aidyn to his first Twins game on Father’s Day. Austin and Brandi would be celebrating their 10 year anniversary this September and a Jamaican trip had been booked. This was their favorite place.
Austin passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home working on the farm with his dad. He is preceded in death by his father, Gene Opheim; his grandparents, Glenn and Margaret Opheim and Vance and LaVonne Cooke.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Brandi of Cylinder; his children, Addison and Aidyn of Cylinder; his mother, Deb Opheim of Cylinder; a sister, Angie (Larry) Jensen of Spencer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Julie Egdorf of Hartley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joe and Cindy Egdorf of Humboldt; grandparents, Gary and Joy Hopkins of Laurens and Ron and Tylene Egdorf of Sanborn; nephews, Kyle, Hunter and Hudson Egdorf; nieces Holly Egdorf and Hannah Noethe; as well as many many aunts, uncles and friends.
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