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Wallace Bustad

October 5, 1935 — January 13, 2019

Wallace ‘Wally’ Burdette Bustad, age 83 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home.  He was born October 5, 1935 in Austin to Ingvald and Augusta (Hanson) Bustad. Wally attended and graduated from Austin High School, after school he entered into the Army. Following his honorable discharge, he began working at Lysne Construction. He then started his own business, Wallace Bustad Crane Service. Later in life he started Bustad Excavating and Roll Off. In his work he tore down over 1,000 buildings including government centers, homes, jails, churches and even finishing tearing down the old Hormel Plant. He would try to find ways to repurpose the usable supplies from the tear downs. He retired in 2014. In 1999, he purchased Chateau Speedway, he owned the racetrack for over 10 years and ran modify race cars for 13 years. Wally was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, The Eagles of Austin, Chamber of Commerce and in the IUOE Local 49. Wally enjoyed supporting the Lyle Cancer Auction. He took trips to Vegas for Construction Expos. He enjoyed flying, and had his license to fly in 1959. Wally enjoyed driving motorcycles, snowmobiles, and go-carts. He was a generous and trusting person to a fault always wanting to help out others. It didn’t matter who you were he was always there to talk to you. Wally will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Survivors include his three sons Timothy Bustad of Austin, MN, Brian (Tammi) Bustad of Rose Creek, MN, and Randy Bustad of Blaine, MN; Walley’s girlfriend, Doreen Nelson of Dexter, MN; six grandchildren, Nathan, Brendan, Bryton, Isaac, Tommy, and Amber; three great-grandchildren; brother, Arnold Bustad of Cross Lake, MN; two sisters, Marion Baxter of River Falls, WI, Deanna Schewe of Blooming Prairie, MN. Wally was preceded in death by his parents Ingvald and Agusta Bustad, siblings Kenneth (Beverly) Bustad; Violet (Rodney) Huckabay, Evelyn (Dwain) Beckel, Edward (Pat) Bustad; sister-in-law Arlene Bustad; and brothers-in-law Keith Shewe and Richard Baxter.

A private funeral service will be held at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin with Pastor Mark Niethammer officiating.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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