Conrad Jean Aug, 77, of Preston, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Harmony Care Center. At his request, his body was donated to Mayo Clinic.

He was born Feb. 29, 1936, on the family farm just outside of Greenleafton, to Gustave and Anna (Sikkink). He went to school and is a graduate of Preston High School. He was on the State Champion football team that was undefeated. After high school, he attended Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended the University of Minnesota.

On June 7, 1958, he married Dixie Strahl. They moved to Endicott, N.Y., that year where Mr. Aug started his career with IBM. After one year, he transferred to IBM in Rochester so he could be close to family and raise one of his own. While there he had several patents. He remained in Rochester until his retirement after 38 years. Not one to sit still for long, he returned to work for a few more years at Celistica in Rochester.

He enjoyed golfing, making jam and jelly, but most of all he loved his land in Buffalo Grove, where he spent much of his time through the years. He made many gallons of maple syrup with close friends, had friends/family out for "stew" parties, hunted with his family and always had the fire ready when everyone came back in from a long day of being in the woods. He loved driving out to their cabin in Buffalo Grove, going there a couple times per day. He and his wife also went for an evening drive in the country almost every night. He enjoyed watching and taking care of many birds between the cabin and his home through the years, knowing every type that visited, down to their migrating patterns. He loved watching his grandkids grow up, and he lit up whenever he heard what they were up to.

He is survived by one son, Dean (Tracey) Aug of Preston; one daughter, Sharone (Scott) Rustad of Fountain; three grandchildren, Kaitlynn Aug of Preston, and Sam and Sierra Rustad of Fountain; one brother, Richard (Carol) Aug of Rochester; two sisters, Kaye (Doug) Minnich of Grand Meadow and Faye Alden of Austin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Darren; two brothers, Charles and Donald Aug; and one sister, Alberta Aug.

His funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Greenleafton Reformed Church, with the Rev. Roger Lokker officiating. Visitation also will be at Greenleafton Reformed Church from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

A luncheon will follow the service and will be held at the Preston Servicemen's Club.