Cole A. Augustyn, 19, passed away March 12, 2011. He is survived by his mother, Debbie of Harper; father, Tom of Holton; brother, Will of Manhattan; grandparents: Loren and Pat Augustyn of Kingman and Jim & Carol Bassford of Harper; many other relatives and friends.
Recitation of Rosary will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Harper with Father Michael Peltzer officiating.
Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Harper, of the St. Joan of Arc Parish Community.
The family requests everyone dress casual and in jeans. Cole would want everyone to be comfortable and casual.
Friends may register 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Prairie Rose in Harper.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cole Augustyn Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Cremation has taken place.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, Inc., 613 West 4th Street ~ Harper, KS 67058, is in charge of arrangements.
Cole Avery Augustyn, 19, born February 14, 1992, was called home to Heaven as this earthly world could not hold him after March 12, 2011. He was the second son of Tom and Debra (Bassford) Augustyn, he lived life full throttle and never settled for second place. Cole came into this world almost unattended, always in a hurry to grow up.
His earliest means of transportation was a walker that he bounced off the walls in the Veterinary Clinic in downtown Harper. Cole loved Harper County. He was a friend to everyone of all ages. Always with the most beautiful smile. He loved the wind in his face whether it was driving his truck, 4 wheeling, or boating. He learned how to drive on Friday nights on the Crystal Springs dirt roads as long as he got a perfect score on his spelling tests. He took his tractor safety course at the same time as his brother, but he was too young for the certificate at the time. He spent time with Will, learning how to fish, hunt, and explore all the places they called home. The brothers could not be separated because they had a bond that most siblings strive for their whole lives.
On March 29, 1992, Cole was baptized in the St. Patrick Catholic Church of Harper, Kansas, now of the St. Joan of Arc Parish Community. He received his first communion April 29, 2000 also at St. Patrick’s. He was confirmed at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Burlington, Kansas on November 4, 2007.
Cole attended school in Harper through 6th grade and moved to Burlington, Kansas from 7th grade through junior year. In Burlington, he worked at the appliance store so he could pay for all the modifications on his pickup. Of the many gifts from God, Cole learned how to weld, work with wood, and master any tool that was handed to him. He had a shop and a tool collection that any man would envy. His attention to his truck was relentless and he poured his heart and soul into fixing any machine.
His passions were farming, working cattle, riding his horse Skippy, riding with Gus the blue heeler, and teasing the cats around the house. He accomplished most of his dreams after graduating from Holton High School in May of 2010. In less than a week his friend Nathan had dropped him off in Wahpeton, North Dakota to begin work with the Matejcek Custom Harvesting Crew. They started harvest in Hobart, Oklahoma and journeyed north to outside the Canadian Border.
He lived a life on the road and worked long hard days doing something he thoroughly enjoyed. While on harvest he passed his CDL drivers test in Colby, Kansas. He returned home to Harper on October 28th, riding a Greyhound bus, which was a difficult task because he couldn’t drive it. After he returned home he added to his CDL the doubles and triples and tanker endorsements.
His next mission was the purchase of a lifetime hunting, fishing, and fur harvesting license. This season he trapped a bobcat, a number of raccoons, and way too many skunks! With the use of his brand new Marlin 30/30 and the old Marlin 22 caliber rifle he hunted deer and anything else that moved.
He had completed a list by adding performance modifications and accessories to his ‘97 Ford F350 given to him, by his dad, to prevent him from buying another project after the old Chevrolet -- “Brownie.” The Ford was nicknamed “The Big Red Taxi” and he spent hours working on it. It was his pride and joy, practically his home away from home.
Cole had dreams beyond dreams and always had something that he had to get done. A full lifetime was lived in 19 years and now our heavenly Father has called him home to shake up heaven because this world could no longer hold him. His great work ethic, compassionate heart, and way with people will be greatly missed, but most importantly will be remembered for all time. Ride on Cowboy, Ride on!
He will be deeply missed by his mother, Debbie Augustyn of Harper; father, Tom Augustyn of Holton, KS; brother, Will Augustyn of Manhattan; grandparents: Loren and Pat Augustyn of Kingman and Jim and Carol Bassford of Harper; aunts and uncles: Laura Gaede, Patty Thompson, John and Julie Augustyn, Jim and Denise Augustyn, Michelle and Russ Orton, Joe and Julie Augustyn, Amy Duncan and Julie and Rod Blunk; great aunt, Barbara Newsum; twenty seven cousins; and a host of other relatives and many friends.