Evan Lewis Kersten, age 31 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Evan was born November 14, 1988 in Kenyon, Minnesota, to David and Rebecca (Miller) Kersten. At age 5, his family bought a home near Rose Creek, Minnesota. In 2006, at the age of 18, Evan moved to a mobile home in Austin. In May of 2019 he purchased a large two story home in a Austin family neighborhood. Evan attended Southland Schools and then went on to take a Minnesota Department of Health Training Course for certification as an asbestos inspector and as an asbestos site supervisor. Evan worked for K-Mart for 7 years starting as a part-time sales associate, and then got promoted to a full-time department manager. He worked there until the Austin store had closed. Evan then began his career working for Pepsi, starting as a part-time merchandiser and then was promoted to a full-time merchandiser. He was currently interviewing for jobs as a Pepsi sales rep, looking to move up again. Evan also worked for his father David’s inspection business, Enviro Tech Services of Austin, while holding his full-time jobs. He used his asbestos inspector certification to work part-time alongside his dad for more than 10 years. The business languished after his dad’s passing, but in recent months, Evan had renewed his asbestos license and was ready to get the business officially restarted. Evan enjoyed working on cars and restoring or modifying them. Among his favorites were G-body cars like the Monte Carlo. He also loved luxury cars like Lincolns and Cadillacs. Evan always had a special love for Trans-Am cars. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his son, David Kersten and David’s mother, Riley Nagy of Rockford, IA; fiancée, Samantha “Sam” Rollie and her daughter, Lyla Koch of Austin, MN; brother, Brian Kersten of Rosemount, MN; sister, Cheryl Goddard of Apache Junction, AZ; and his aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, David Kersten; mother, Rebecca Kersten; uncle, Robert Miller; aunt, Amy Ehrich; grandparents, Beatrice and Calvin Kersten, Susan Miller, George Miller.
A memorial service to celebrate Evan’s life will be held at a later date. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.