Austin Vande Zande

Date of Death: Mar 27, 2020
Austin Vande Zande

1993 - 2020

Austin Ryan Vande Zande, 26, of Waupun, passed away at his home March 27, 2020 after losing his battle of drug addiction to a heroin overdose.

Austin was born June 22, 1993, the son of Scott and Carrie Thurk Vande Zande. Austin graduated from Waupun High School in 2011. After graduation he worked at Marvin’s Manor as a caretaker where he loved his job. Austin loved to draw, skateboarding, music, and his family, especially his brothers and sisters. Austin loved animals, especially cats. He loved the T.V. show Rick and Morty. His family will dearly miss his smile and goofiness.

Austin is survived by his mother, Carrie Ordonez of Waupun; three brothers: Bryant (Eva) Bille, Aydon and Carston Ordonez; two sisters: Khyra Ordonez and Adison Sullivan; two nieces: Isabel and Mila Bille; paternal grandmother, Mary Vande Zande; maternal grandparents, Ann (Robert) Keyser and Richard (Sherry) Thurk; three uncles: Christopher (Elizabeth) Thurk, Jeremy (Kristi) Thurk, and Joshua (Crystal) Thurk; aunt, Jennifer (Dan) Sheahan; his cat, Budz; and many cousins.

Austin was preceded in death by his grandpa, Howard Vande Zande.


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  1. Elizabeth Grant Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    I graduated with Austin and he was always nice to me in school when others weren’t. I havent talked to him since in about 5 years and I feel bad about that. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. He will be deeply missed by so many people. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

  2. Lisa Collien Says: March 27, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Carrie & Family
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Austin. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this very difficult time. Praying for you and your family ?

  3. Debbie & Bill Schrank Says: March 29, 2020 at 10:34 am

    My deepest condolences to you all. Scott and my son Eric Wood were best friends in High School.

  4. Ken & Val Loehrke Says: March 29, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Having had Austin in Confirmation, Val and myself had recent thoughts about him. He was warm and friendly to those round him. We remember fondly how he played bongos and drums for a few praise songs that the students played for a worship service at Pella. There are no perfect words to share at the loss of his presence, other than the fact that Our Loving and Forgiving God is present among His people to comfort, strengthen, and lead them through grief. Having been baptized, and instructed, Austin knew the work of Christ and the meaning of the cross and empty tomb. To those who mourn. there is strength and healing also for them in Christ’s Victory over sin and death.

  5. Donna(Mugridge)Wiles Says: April 1, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Deepest condolences to Ann(classmate ’75) on the loss of your grandson. Also to Richard, the same, who rode the school bus with me. Prayers for families and friends.

  6. My deepest sympathy to Bob and Ann and to the rest of the family

  7. Kathy Kriewaldt Says: April 12, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Deepest Sympathy! We, (David Kester, and Kathy Kriewaldt) lived with him a few years ago in Waupun at his grandmother’s house. Austin was an amazing man, had a heart of gold, and always had a smile on his face, and would do anything for anyone. My prayers go out to family and friends through this troublesome road ahead. 🙁

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