Robert James Austin

Robert James Austin

Sept. 23, 1932 – July 24, 2020

Robert James Austin, 87, lovingly called Bob, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a long illness the early morning of July 24, 2020 in Lakeview, Arkansas.

Bob was born Sept. 23, 1932 in Earlville, New York. There he graduated from Earlville High and in 1951 married Susanna, (Sue ) Satterlee. He graduated from Bible College in Williamstown, West Virginia. His profession in lumber sales and management skills took him many places. He worked at Wickes Lumber in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In 1972, Bob moved his family to Anchor Point, Alaska where he worked at Modern Builders in Homer, which later became Superior Lumber and now is known as Spenard Builders Supply. It was there he retired.

He had many pastimes that he enjoyed, such as fishing and gardening. His greatest passion was for the Lord. He was an elder in the Church of Christ where he served faithfully, making mission trips to Africa and India.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Austin, of Lakeview, Arkansas; his son, Robert James Austin Jr., known as RJ, his wife Donna, and their boys, Robert Austin III and wife KariAnn, and Garrett; his son, Caleb Austin, wife Betty and their children, Erin Bandy and her husband Shawn, and Brayton; and his daughter, Jane Griechen and husband Harold and their children, Amanda and Annie. Bob is also survived by his eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bob is predeceased in death by his father, Floyd Morton Austin; his mother, Luella Austin; his siblings, three who died in infancy, Honorine, Morton, and Rollin; his sisters, Winifred Hartshorn, Margaret Boise, Mary Myers, Ruth Coleman and Dawn Merlino; and his brothers, Albert and Floyd Austin.

His burial is located in Hubbardsville, New York.