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Obituary of Gary D. Austin

Gary D. Austin, age 85, lifelong Hardin County native passed away Friday, August 14, 2020 in Hardin County General Hospital after an extended illness.
Gary lived most of his life in the Tower Rock Road area near Elizabethtown. He was born on May 8, 1935 near Elizabethtown to the late Henry and Mildred (Humphrey) Austin. He was married to the former Theresa (Drone) who preceded him in death.
Gary worked as a machinist for many years before retiring from the Fluorspar mines with Ozark-Mahoney Mining.
He loved to work with his hands and be outside, especially on his farm where he lived. He enjoyed his friends each day and all the visits of people who came by. His real love was his family especially his children and grandchildren. Gary always had a smile for you, and will be missed by his beloved family and friends.
Gary is survived by his children, a son, Greg Austin (Karen White) of Evansville; two daughters, Nancy (Joe) Drone of Elizabethtown and Debra Patterson of Paducah, KY; grandchildren, Tyler Austin, Trevor Austin, Izak Climer, and Dean Patterson; great-grandchildren, Eva, Savanna, Norah, Mya, Camden and Bailey; two brothers, Tom (Susan) Austin of Virginia and Roger Austin of Elizabethtown.
He was preceded also by a daughter, Judy Austin; brother, Clarence Austin; and grandson Austin Patterson.
Gary’s service will be private and he will be laid to rest with his parents in the Peters Creek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or Hardin County General Hospital in his memory.
Cox & Son Funeral Home in Ridgway is entrusted with the arrangements and you may leave a note of comfort to the family at
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  1. Gean & Dick Tinsley on August 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Gary.

  2. Linda Helmers Casey on August 17, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Nancy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family. Linda Helmers Casey

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