John Alois Austin, 84, passed away July 2, 2013, in Albuquerque.
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John was born May 13, 1929, in Fargo, N.D. He honorably served his country as a geodetic surveyor in the U.S. Army and Civil Service, retiring after 42 years.
For the remainder of his life, John enjoyed his life-long hobby of training and riding horses on his ranch in Alamogordo.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Austin; five children Kitty (Bob) Lankford, Sue (Vic) Bachechi, Julie (Gene) Grant, John (Antoinette) Austin and Sally Austin; eight grandchildren Laura Lankford, Molly Bachechi, Marie Bachechi, Charlie Bachechi, John (Rebecca) Grant, Bobbie (fiance Dave Braverman) Grant, Johnny Austin and Luke Austin; one great-grandson Alex; and numerous nieces and nephews who will miss their "Cowboy Uncle John."
John was preceded in death by his three brothers and three sisters and one grandson Tony Lankford.
John was a rare breed and will forever leave a void in all of our hearts.
A rosary recitation will he held 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of the Resurrection to follow at 10 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, San Clemente Catholic Church, Los Lunas.
Internment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, ride a horse in his memory.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 6 to Aug. 5, 2013