Austin J. Walling

  • Born: June 1, 1992
  • Died: February 18, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Austin J. Walling, age 24, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly as the result of a motorcycle accident, on Saturday, February 18, 2017. To honor Austin's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. William M. Joensen officiating. To celebrate Austin's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Austin was born on June 1, 1992, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Daniel and Donna (Fay) Walling.

Austin was a proud graduate of Hempstead High School, Class of 2010. After school he went to work for his father's business at The Locksmith Express, but he also eagerly invested many hours working at Fagan's Hobby Shop and handing out fresh cinnamon rolls at the yearly Hobby Shows. Austin was united in marriage to Taylor "Minnie" Avery on July 29, 2016, in Dubuque. Although their union has been much too short, they were truly blessed with one beautiful son, Patrick. Austin was a good man with a loveable and quirky personality who definitely desired to live life to its fullest. Many moments would bring Austin great joy throughout his 24 years here among us. He has faithfully attended air shows since the tender age of 4, he would work diligently to learn to play the sax, he would fly his RC airplane with friends in the Platteville Flyers, and he would find subtle moments of tranquility while creating his newest pen at his woodworking table. But Austin's most treasured moments though were undeniably the time he would spend with his family and friends. He took great pride in being a wonderful husband and father, but he never quite relinquished completely his role of son, brother and grandson as his new responsibilities emerged in life. He loved everyone equally and would always share his acts of kindness whenever an opportunity would arise. Unfortunately, Austin has been called home much too early along his earthly journey. He has sadly taken his last bike ride here and left a trail of broken hearts behind. We know that his light will continue to shine on in the lives of those who knew and loved him, but we can barely imagine the day where we don't feel a pain so deep and true that it literally takes our breath away. We love you Austin, we miss you more than words can express, and until we meet again; may the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, and may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace!

Those left to cherish Austin's memory include

his wife,
Taylor "Minnie" Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Patrick Oliver Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his parents,
Dan and Donna Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Danielle (Aaron) Boosinger, Des Moines, IA
and Nicholas Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his nephew,
Noah Boosinger, Des Moines, IA;

his grandmothers,
Marie Fay, Dubuque, IA
and Bonnie Walling, Dubuque, IA;

his mother in-law,
Marianne Avery, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Donald Walling and Oliver Fay; his father-in-law, Bruce Avery; and a cousin, Dan Fay.

An Austin J. Walling memorial fund has been established.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Love lives on forever
in each memory and thought
of the special ones
who meant so much
and the happiness they brought.
Love lives on forever -
it will never fade away
For, in our hearts, our loved ones
are with us every day.

Uncle Bob & Aunt Barbara

Posted by Barbara Dobbins - Des Moines,, IA - Family   February 15, 2018

We didnt really talk, but you were still family still my cousin. Ill always miss hanging out with all of you in the summer and wish Id gotten to know the man you became. Im so sorry I wasnt there for the funeral. I wanted to be more than anything. Love you and miss you cuz

Posted by Chasidi McKeever - Clear Lake, IA - family   January 13, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I am the outreach person for The Compassionate Friends. We are a local group of parents who have lost a child or children. We know the grief, we have walked the path. If the parent(s) and/or grandparent(s) of the deceased would like to attend our Monthly meetings, our Facebook pages or receive contact phone numbers please contact me. Once again I am so sorry for your loss.

Ellen Bigelow
Chapter Leader The Compassionate Friends, Dubuque, IA

Posted by Ellen Bigelow - East Dubuque, IL   March 12, 2017

Dear Dan and Family,
We are so very sorry for the loss of your son, Austin. It was a pleasure to know Austin and to work with him at the Quad City Airshow. May God bless Austin and God bless you and the Walling Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steven and Mary Hopper

Posted by Steven & Mary Hopper - Rochester, MN   February 28, 2017

Dan and Donna,
Carol and I just learned of your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike & Carol Kaiser

Posted by Mike Kaiser - Cedar Rapids, IA - Family Friend   February 27, 2017


My sincerest deepest sympathy to the Walling family. Austin was always a joy to be around. Austin was very energetic and always willing to help anyone. Austin's life was too short but the time he had he lived it to the fullest and was always happy. He is with his grandfathers now and looking down on all of you. He would want all of you to go one and keep going with your cherished memories.

Posted by Mary Nugent - Dubuque, IA - Friend   February 24, 2017

Dear Donna & family,
We are so very sorry for your loss - unfortunately, I never put this together when I first read about the accident from Marianne. All of you have our love, support & sympathy. Give your beautiful grandson extra hugs from us.
With deepest sympathies

Posted by Pati gallogly - Dubuque, IA - friend   February 24, 2017


I only knew Austin a little bit but through the interactions we shared and how I saw him impact those around him I feel like I knew who he was. He was an amazing dad, husband, son, and friend. He is gone too soon and will not be forgotten. I am especially thankful for the times I saw my brother light up after getting to talk or hangout with him. Rest in peace Austin.

Posted by Michael French - Dubuque, IA - acquaintance   February 24, 2017

Dear Dan, Donna, Taylor & all the Walling Family,

We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this time of your loss.
You are all in our thoughts & Prayers.

God Bless You,

Mary & Family

Posted by Mary Kahle - Hazel Green,, WI - Family Friend   February 24, 2017

Our sincere sympathy to your family. We met Austin a few weeks ago when we were locked out of our home. Austin was a little late, but when he arrived he apologized for the time we waited and opened the door and told us no charge. He also told us how to get a key made with a smaller charge. We met him a few days later at Locksmith Express and he made duplicate keys for all the doors. He was so accommodating and we were so impressed with him. We just want you to know what a great young man he was, and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Carole Welu - Dubuque, IA - Acquaintance   February 23, 2017


Please accept our condolences on the loss of your son and grandson. He will watching over you from heaven. Love Andy & Maureen

Posted by Andy & Maureen Gay - Saint Charles, MO - friend   February 23, 2017


Dear Danny & Donna,

God hath not promised
Skies always blue. Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through.
God hath not promised
Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day; Rest for the labor, Light for the way;
Grace for the trials, Help from above;
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you with undying love and sorrow.

Posted by Walter R & Barbara C Dobbins - Des Moines,, IA - Family Friend   February 23, 2017

Although I only know about Austin from the words of his grandmother's love for him; he must have been an awesome grandson. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and the rest of his family. We are never ready to part with a loved one,but a man this young and vibrant seems incomprehensible. May the Holy Spirit enfold you as you grieve.

Posted by Helen Schaub - Dubuque, IA - acquaintance   February 23, 2017

A star shining bright for all to see, his life will live on in all those lives he touched. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Joe Pundzak/Linda R. Blakely

Posted by Linda Blakely - Boone, IA - Family   February 22, 2017

My deepest sympathy, hugs and much love Donna and Dan during this most difficult time.. May God wrap his arms around you give you strength in days and months to come.. Also to Austin sisters and precious Grandma Marie....

Posted by MaryAnne Hoey - West Union, IA - Family Friend   February 22, 2017

Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to the Walling family. You are in our prayers. May God bring you comfort and strength. Rest in peace, Austin.

Posted by Mike & Michelle Payne - Davenport, IA - Friend   February 22, 2017

To The Walling & Avery families,
Remember the times you had to share with Austin, their will always be fond memories within your hearts. And keeping the memories with you , will keep Austin memories Alive. Amen

Posted by Kristy Brosnan - DUBUQUE, IA - acquaintance   February 22, 2017

My sincerest condolences for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Lizann Croft (Walling) - Albuquerque, NM - family   February 22, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days and months ahead. Sharing in your sadness...

Posted by Sarah and Mike Anderson - North English, IA - friend   February 22, 2017

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Austin and his family but I have known Minnie and her family for many years and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all those who were a part of Austin's life. I know first hand the pain of losing a child suddenly.

Posted by Erika Sun - Dubuque, IA - Friend   February 22, 2017

Condolences with prayers for Austin and family in his honor.
Fr. Paul Otting
Villa Raphael

Posted by Fr. Paul OttingDB - Dubuque, IA   February 22, 2017

Thoughts and prayers to Austins family. God Bless!

Posted by Kurt Fink - New Brighton, MN - friend   February 22, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Know that many thoughts and prayers are coming your way during this difficult time.

Posted by Tom Hoey - Jesup, IA - Family Friend   February 22, 2017

I wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of your family. I have been praying for all of you during this time. I can't imagine the loss you must be feeling, but I hope that all the beautiful memories you have of Austin will fill your heart is some comfort.

Posted by Deb Giese - Peosta, IA - Friend   February 22, 2017


Dan and Donna, such a tragedy. Both of us are sending our love and prayers during this time and in the upcoming days, weeks and months. May you find the strength to honor his memory and cherish the short time you were together and find peace in those memories. We are in Colorado and won't be able to attend the funeral but our hearts are with you.

Posted by Bill and Libby Burkhart - Lamotte, IA - Family Friend   February 22, 2017

To Dan, Donna, Minnie, little Patrick & the rest of Austin's family:
Although Austin was born after I worked for Dan, Don, & Bonnie, I will always remember the pride with which they all spoke of, when I would ask "how are the kids?" Austin was part of a wonderful, loving family that undoubtedly made him the amazing young man he became. Working for the Walling's was always a learning experience -- I can honestly say I still can use much of those skills to this very day! Austin was blessed to have you all in his short life, as you all were blessed to have him. He came from a terrific family, and I can honestly say I know exactly the pain you all feel, as I lost my brother to a motorcycle accident when I was 9 years old. Just like Austin, he only had 20 short years on this earth, but his impact on those of us around him will be felt forever. Time is the only thing that eases the pain -- and it will never go away. You all have my deepest condolences and all of my prayers in this terrible time. God bless all of you.

Posted by Sue Bahl - Dubuque, IA - Friend   February 22, 2017

Dan & Family,

So, so sorry to hear about Austin. I know the pain you are feeling now and will continue to feel. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through now and will continue to go through every passing minute. I didn't know Austin himself except to see him at work but Dan has been a friend for quite some time. I hope time heals but for now just know that the Good Lord needed another angel by his side.

Posted by Denise McKenzie - Potosi, WI - Friend   February 22, 2017

Our condolences to Austin's family and we pray for the Lord's strength and peace throughout this time. Hugs to all left behind to cherish his memory as well. God bless.

Posted by Pam & Frank Schumacher - Windsor Heights, IA - friend   February 22, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss, Donna, Dan and Taylor and family. God bless Austin and his family.

Posted by Judy and Dean Boge - Dubuque, IA - friend   February 22, 2017

Although I have not seen Austin or his family for a few years, I will always remember his smiling face as he sold those yummy cinnamon rolls to us a Fagans Craft Shows.Donna and Dan, we have known each other for a long time and I cannot express my deepest sorrow at the loss of one so dear to you. You should be proud of all of him accomplishments, especially that beautiful Grandson. My prayers go out to all of you as you mourn one so special. He is truly in the hands of the Lord!

Posted by Sandra Plumley - Dubuque, IA - friend   February 22, 2017

Posted by Dan & Laurie Carolan - Lawler, IA - friend   February 22, 2017

Gone much too soon. You will always be cherished by those who remain may they find peace in your love and memory. We love you and we be right here when u need us Minnie

Posted by Melissa Leppert - Dubuque, IA - Friend   February 21, 2017

sorry for your loss

Posted by tim hoffman - andrew, IA   February 21, 2017

My sympathy to Dan and family. Austin always had a smile on his face. I'll always remember him that way.

Posted by Scott Denning - Hudson, WI - Friend   February 21, 2017

Dan, Donna, Minnie & all the Walling Family

We sadly extend our heartfelt sympathies to you on tragic loss of Austin.

For many years, our families had many good times together at the Quad City Air Show. And during the time, the Walling family was such an integral part of support to the performers and fans.

It was a pleasure knowing Austin from a very young age which will long linger in our memories. And now so soon, it's especially tragic for Austin to be forever gone from his young family, Minnie & Patrick.

Charles & Dorothy Hopper

Posted by Charles & Dorothy Hopper - Davenport, IA - Friend   February 21, 2017

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kim Burlage - Kieler, WI - Friend   February 21, 2017

Dan and family, my deepest sympathies on your loss. Know that you are all in my prayers and may God watch over and give you strength and comfort.

Posted by Pam Baal - Dubuque, IA - acquaintance   February 21, 2017

Condolences to Austin's family. Almost every year at summer time I would see Dan, Nick and Austin at the Quad City Airshow. Greats times and memories. Even helped teach the boys when much younger to drive golf carts and cars. Rest in peace Austin.

Posted by Mike Hopper - Boca Raton, FL - Friend   February 21, 2017


Our hearts are never prepared for such sorrow. We extend our deepest sympathies to all the family members. Know he must have been a remarkable man. May God hold you tightly in His loving arms and give you peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Life will never be the same without Austin...or because of him. Peace and Love --
Jason & Carol Gehrs & Jared & Whitney Gehrs
Walsh Door & Hardware

Posted by Jason & Carol Gehrs - Iowa City, IA - Friend   February 21, 2017

We were so saddened to hear the news of Austin's passing. No words can express our true sympathy to your entire family. Love and Prayers sent your way!
The Petersen's

Posted by Eric, Jayne & Taylor Petersen - Peosta, IA - Family Friend   February 21, 2017


We are so sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers. Austin was always a very kind-hearted young man, he will be watching over everyone.

Posted by Michael and Connie Heeren - Dubuque, IA - friend   February 21, 2017

To the family, I am sorry to hear the news about your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by A friend   February 21, 2017

Dan & Donna & Family,

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of Austin. Austin was a great young man and we counted him as family. From a little boy he would come out with his brother and work the performer check-in area of the Quad City Air Show, he was so special and a joy to be around.

God Bless you Austin and may god bless the Walling family.

We love you !

Ken & Margie Hopper & Family

Posted by Ken & Margie Hopper - Davenport, IA - Family Friend   February 20, 2017


Thinking and keeping you all in our prayers
Sincere sympathy

Posted by Larry & Cindy Cain - Waterloo, IA - Family   February 20, 2017