|Reverend August (Augie) E. Aamodt was born in Crookston, Minnesota on February 12, 1930, the son of Arne and Carrie Brown Aamodt. He passed away in Friendswood, Texas on May 24, 2002. His wife, Marie, of Friendswood; his daughter Kari and her husband, Mark of Arcadia, Louisiana; his sons, Peter and his wife Jodi of New Orleans and Arne and his wife, Kimberly of Friendswood and five grandchildren, survives him.
Reverend Aamodt received his Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University in 1959. In 1963 First United Methodist Church of Shreveport did a national search for a Youth Minister to lead the youth program following the construction of one of the best equipped Activities Buildings in Methodism which included a swimming pool on the roof. Augie Aamodt was selected to lead in what was one of the leading local church youth programs in the nation at the time. This was the beginning of his ministry in the Louisiana Conference.
Throughout his career, he served on numerous boards, advisory committees and national committees. He served for eight years as Director of Development at Louisiana Children’s Home. Reverend Aamodt was a member of the National United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries when he received the Outstanding National Director of Development Award.
Reverend Aamodt retired after forty years as a United Methodist Minister where he served in a variety of positions related to the United Methodist Church in North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Texas and Alaska. He wrote a weekly newspaper column for 13 years in the Ruston Daily Leader, the Minden Journal and the Bossier Press Herald.
As a retired minister, Reverend Aamodt continued to volunteer in various capacities in his local church, Friendswood United Methodist Church until his death. He was a member of the Houston and Galveston Orchid Societies and the Friendswood Rotary Club.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002|