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W. Scott Ainsworth 12/03/2020

W. Scott Ainsworth 12/03/2020

Walter Scott Ainsworth (Scotty), age 70 of River Falls, Wisconsin passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at home.  Scott was immensely kind and believed that everyone deserved a chance to succeed.  While we are saddened at Scott’s sudden passing, we find comfort in the belief that he had a wonderful impact on everyone he met.

Scott was born on June 30th, 1950, son of Morris and Mary “Betty” (Bowen) Ainsworth.  Scott was an amazing son and brother.  From his family he developed a strong love of the outdoors and would often recall stories of trips to the shores of Lake Superior.  In 1980, Scott was united in marriage with Kristen Mittelstadt.  Scott and Kris had two daughters, Sarah and Katie.  Scott was an incredible father, who enjoyed teaching his daughters how to ski and passing on his love of nature.  Scott’s passion for nature led him to work for many years at Clifton Highlands Golf Course and Afton Alps.  After retiring, Scott enjoyed planting and tending to his “comma” garden.  Scott embraced spending time with family and friends, especially an important group of people he met during his time at Winona State University, “The College Crowd”.  He also began a new hobby of photographing his flowers and connecting with others on Instagram.  His favorite message to share with his followers on IG was #lovewillwin.  Scott’s ultimate job began in 2015 when he became a Grandpa.  He could often be found playing “bulldozer”, making mud pies and sharing his Cheetos with his grandsons.

Scott is preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Kris.  We are thankful they are reunited.  Scott is survived by daughters, Sarah and Katie Ainsworth, grandsons Jay and Noah, brother Charlie (Penny) Ainsworth, sister Mary Ainsworth, nephew Daniel Graham, sister-in-law Geri (Rob) Tuttell, brother-in-law Kevin Mittelstadt, nephew Chris (Stacy) Tuttell, niece Jen (Derek) Arnholtz, great-nephews Ethan and Wesley, “The College Crowd” and many other cousins, family and friends.

A Celebration of Life is tentatively planned in Scott’s memory in July 2021 pending COVID restrictions and guidelines.  Look for updates on social media.  We look forward to celebrating Scott’s life with friends, grilling, Cheetos and JOY!

Cremation services provided by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Deb Calhoon Posted December 4, 2020 12:11 pm

    Heartbreaking to hear. My prayers go out to his family. He brightened up so many lives over the years. Afton Alps Scottie (Grandpa) will never be forgotten ♥️

  • Diane White Posted December 14, 2020 1:28 am

    Scott was a great guy, I’m so sorry for his loss, particularly for his girls Sarah and Katie and grandsons Jay and Noah. They lost their parents and grandparents so close together and at such a young age, which makes it so much harder. My heart goes out to all of you. I met Scott and his future wife Kris when we worked together at the River Falls Golf Course. We had such fun times at the golf course. There was a great group of people who worked there who loved Scott and have so many wonderful memories of him. Sending love and hugs to his family and friends.

  • Don Balfanz Posted January 7, 2021 1:45 am

    I’m so glad Scott and I were able to re-connect just a few days before his passing. We had such a great conversation about kids, grandkids and life at Winona State. I’m so happy we were able to continue our friendship outside of the confines of Winona State.

  • Tonette Posted January 7, 2021 2:03 am

    I will always remember him as Santa Claus. His life was full and he impacted so many people. He will be missed. My prayers are with his daughters and family. See ya next lifetime Santa

  • Justin B.S.G. Posted January 7, 2021 2:45 am

    This is beautiful, i am a buddy from instagram and he always made me smile. He would interact with me daily and i know he touched many lives on there. We always considered him family and gave him the nickname of uncle Scottie, he will be sorely missed. Thank you for being a very good friend Scotty.

  • Donna Latsen Posted January 7, 2021 2:48 am

    Scott was one of my first friends when I moved here . I was honored to be a member of their wedding party and share in the joy of them becoming parents to two wonderful daughters. We have shared many laughs over many wild card games with our mutual friends. Scott will be missed along with Kris. My love and prayers to their family.

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