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Eugene F. Austin passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the age of 86. Gene was born on May 11, 1927, in Ogdensburg, NY, to Eugene F. and Kathleen Ryan Austin. On August 20, 1945 he married Margaret Murray of Ogdensburg. Gene joined the Navy in 1945, being discharged in 1946 when the war ended. Gene was involved in sales work for most of his life, a calling made for him with his outgoing, friendly personality. He later got into hotel management, moving to San Antonio in 1979 to manage the Travelodge on the Riverwalk.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, and their young son, Kevin Murray Austin. He is survived by his son, Francis Robert Austin and his wife, Sharon, and his daughter, Christine (Tina) Friesenhahn and her husband, Henry, and seven grandchildren, John Friesenhahn (Carrie), Kristen Christenson (Mark), Thomas Friesenhahn (Shelly), Michael Austin (Liisa), Colleen Commisso (Nick), Brian Austin, and Kerry Hiler (Lucas), and 14 great-grandchildren. Gene is also survived by his sister-in-law, Sister Eileen Murray, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Helen and John Murray, and several nieces and nephews.
Gene had many wonderful attributes, loving and caring for all those around him, but his greatest gift was the joy and laughter he brought to all who were blessed to know him.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Published in Express-News on July 12, 2013