Elbert A. Austin

Elbert A. Austin, 94

FITCHBURG -- Elbert A. "Okie" Austin, 94, of Fitchburg, died Monday evening, Dec. 16, in the Golden Living Center after a long illness.

Okie was born in Fayetteville, AR, on Jan. 27, 1919, a son of the late George A. and Jennie M. (Allen) Austin.

He was a WWII veteran having served in the European Theater as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.

Following his honorable discharge from the service, Okie went to work at the Crocker Burbank Paper Company where he was a Millwright for over 30 years retiring from the James River Paper Company in 1981.

He was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish where he volunteered on the P.T.A., he was also a member of the Fitchburg AMVETS and was a skilled woodworker and finish carpenter who enjoyed crafting fine furniture and cabinetry.

He leaves his wife of 67 years, Sarah M. (Niles) Austin of Fitchburg; three daughters, Marilyn A. Hothem and her husband Daniel of Fresno, OH, Catherine J. Stickney and her husband Samuel of Rumford, ME and Jennifer A. Austin of Leominster; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Melissa, Seth, Arthur, Corey and Isaac; eight great-grandchildren and his "granddogs" Teddy and Snicker.

AUSTIN -- His funeral will be celebrated on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11 AM in the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A calling hour will be held on Saturday morning prior to the funeral from 10 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, got@woundedwarriorproject.org.

Funeral Home

Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 343-4444

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 18, 2013