Everett Dwayne Austin, 69, of Caledonia died Sunday, January 6, 2013, at his home after a life-long struggle with heart complications due to contracting rheumatic fever as a child.

He was born May 4, 1943, in Lanesboro to Floyd and Doris (Pederson) Austin. Everett and his sister, Darlene, were raised on the Austin family farm near Newburg.

He graduated from Mabel High School in 1961 and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Winona State University. Everett started his Masters in Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., but transferred to Winona State University for completion.

He taught Industrial Arts in Jefferson, Wis., from 1965 to 1967, where he met Marilyn Thompson. They married Feb. 11, 1967, after which they moved to Caledonia, where they have resided since.

Everett taught Industrial Arts and Geometry at Caledonia High School from 1969 until retiring in 1999. Everett was a hunter who traveled to Broadus, Mont., to hunt elk in his younger years. He also hunted deer and pheasant at the family farm near Newburg.

Everett enjoyed fishing and would go to Canada and Northern Minn., with his teacher co-workers in the summer. He also taught gun safety training, snowmobile training and Community Education courses.

He was a past member of the Caledonia Lion's Club where he served as president and secretary for many years. He owned Austin's Antique Firearms and would repair antique rifles for people all over the country.

One of his many joys after retirement was being a member in good standing at the Round Table at the Redwood Café in Caledonia.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Marilyn; his daughters, Martha (Edward) Lobb of Wheaton, Ill., Sarah (Mark) Burmeister of Spring Valley, Amy Taets of Aurora, Ill., and Susana (Martin) Estavillo of Montevideo, Uruguay, South America; grandchildren, Samantha and Thornton Lobb, Joshua, Matthew, and Nathan Burmeister, Jacob and Jonathan Taets, and Constanza and Justina Estavillo; a sister, Darlene (George) Bradner of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Lana Thompson-Sutton of Naperville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Patrick (Susan) Thompson of Gambrills, Md.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Everett was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Kenneth and Anna (Ninnemann) Thompson, and a brother-in-law, Paul Sutton.

Memorial services were Jan. 12 at the Caledonia United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Bengtson officiated. Burial was in the Newburg United Methodist Church Cemetery, Newburg.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia Chapel, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.jandtfredrickson.com.