Earl Dean J. Von Bank

Earl Dean J. Von Bank

AUSTIN — Earl Dean J. Von Bank, 77 of Austin, Minn., died peacefully Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Sacred Heart Care Center. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, with the Reverend Michael Olmsted officiating.

Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery with Austin Post 91 American Legion in charge of military rites. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. March 19 at the church in Austin.

Earl Dean Joseph Von Bank was born Jan. 4, 1941, on a farm near Armstrong, Iowa, to Albert and Gertrude (Grabianowski) Von Bank. He graduated from Armstrong High School, where he played baseball, football and received the honor of “All State” in football in 1959. He went on to earn a football scholarship to Estherville Junior College and then served in the U.S. Army.

Earl married Elizabeth Askeland on June 23, 1971, at the Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., and together they raised four children.

Earl lived in Armstrong, Iowa, from 1941 to 1977, and then moved to Austin, Minn. He managed several grain elevators both in Iowa and Minnesota. He enjoyed raising cattle, gardening, attending auctions and collecting toy tractors. He loved listening to polka music, watching the Timberwolves, Twins and was a die-hard Vikings fan.

Earl was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since 1977. His faith was a very important part of his life — he knew the Lord and he knew where he was going.

Earl is survived by his children: Joe (Deb) Von Bank of San Clemente, Calif., Julie (Steve) White of Breezy Point, Minn., Heidi (Scott) Brophy of Lino Lakes, Minn., Lynn (Mark) Earl of Rochester, Minn.; nine grandchildren: Corey Von Bank, Bonnie (Harold Terrault) Von Bank, Taylor (Joe) Grupa, Katie White, Jack White, Ellie Brophy, Lydia Brophy, Brylee Earl and Addison Earl; sister, Darlene Reece of Ledyard, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude; two brothers, Stephen and Donald; and brother-in-law, Jack Reece.

Memorials may be designated to Westminster Presbyterian Church Missions, 802 4th Street SW, Austin, MN 55912.

Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.