In Rememberance of One of Lindley's Veterans

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Lawrence E. Austin, age 69, passed away peacefully from pneumonia Dec. 23 in Colorado Springs, CO. Formerly of Lindley, NY, he was predeceased by his parents, Adrian & Verna (Horton) Austin. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years and primary caregiver, Christina Aguilar Austin, his sons Christopher of Oceanside, CA, Richard (Eliazer) of Redwood, CA, Grandsons Richie, Skylar, and Adrian Austin. He is also survived by sisters Joyce Shutts of Henrietta, NY and Virginia (Paul) Doud of Lawrenceville, PA, several nephews and nieces, mother-in-law Florence Aguilar, sisters-in-law Mary Ann (Ralph) Trujillo, Tammy Aguilar, Carla (Lemount) King, brother-in-law Steven Aguilar. He graduated from Corning Northside High School in 1961, and worked at Corning Hospital prior to enlisting in the US Navy in 1964. He served 24 years of active duty and 6 years in the Reserves earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer, Medical Corpsman. He received a Commen-dation for a minefield rescue while serving in Cuba, and was an expert at assembling and fitting prosthesis for returning Viet Nam soldiers. Upon retirement, he worked for Walmart for 14 years. During his ten-year plus illness, Christina, assisted by his special caregivers, provided him with excellent care. He and Christina were lovingly devoted to each other, their family, and extended families, and faced the health challenge courageously. His special ‘brothers’: Ralph & Lemount lent care and support. A life well lived was celebrated at a full military memorial service Jan. 5 at Dignity Memorial Gardens, Colorado Springs, CO officiated by Chaplain Chet Dean of American Legion Post 209. There will be a memorial service in Oceanside, CA in the future where he lived from 1979 to 2007, following which he will be taken out to sea as a Sailor should be. Memorial contributions may be made to Wheels for Disabled Veterans, American Legion Post 209 Attn: Chaplain Chet Dean, 3613 Jeannine Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80917.

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