Robert (Bob) Bruce Austin, 59, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at Bay Pines VA Hospital. He was born on March 2, 1955, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to Robert Calvin Austin and Mary Jane DeMarco. Father of Jeremy Michael (Corey) Austin, Shelby Renee (Scott) Mitteer and Daniel Shawn (Jessica) Austin; sisters, Dona Austin Hay and Catheryn 'Bonnie' Austin; dearest friends, Mary Reed and Michael Kempson. Bob's passion was music as he spent the majority of his life playing percussion. Keeping the beat, Bob instilled the same musical desires in his children. As a Gulf War Veteran, Bob honorably served 14 years in the U.S. Air Force as a medical services technician. Bob was known for his cheerfulness and charm and will be missed by many. Private family services will be held. We love you Dad! "To Da Beach!"
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on July 8, 2014