Austin Onken

Austin J. Onken, 22, of Waukon, formerly of New Hampton, died unexpectedly Friday, October 1, 2021. A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, October 16 from 2-8 p.m. at the City Club private room in Waukon.

All gifts, cards and monetary donations to console or help in this very trying time should be forwarded to his wife, Veronica Onken, at 510 West Street SW, Waukon, IA 52172.

Austin James Onken was born July 28, 1999 in New Hampton, the son of Sara Dreckman and Shawn Howard. He graduated from New Hampton High School in 2017 and after high school went on to college for law enforcement.

In 2019, Austin met his future wife, Veronica, and they were married November 3, 2020. He loved spending time with his wife, Veronica, whether it was ice fishing trips or watching their TV shows together. He also loved spending time with his son, Aldous, teaching him all about life, love and video games. Austin always enjoyed what time they had.

He enjoyed spending time with his two birds, and his ever-loyal felines, Mufasa and Pookie, playing Apex, going to the races, and listening to his favorite artists, Prof and Madchild. Austin will be remembered for his quick wit and humor, an infectious smile, his love and patience for all animals, and his devotion to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica Onken, and their son, Aldous, both of Waukon; his parents, Sara and Chris Onken, both of New Hampton; his father, Shawn Howard; his siblings: Nick (Cheyanne Crow) Dreckman of Cedar Rapids, and Jon Dreckman and Samantha Onken, both of New Hampton; his grandmother, Rebecca Howard; two uncles, Shane (Kayla) Howard and their children, Matthew and Makenna, and Jeff Howard and his children, Nathan, Nick and Nolan; and even more family and friends that are grateful for their time with Austin James.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary Dreckman; his grandpa, Junior Howard; and an uncle, Kevin Howard.

Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon assisted Austin’s wife with arrangements.