SIDNEY — Arthur "Art" George Austin, 72, 220 S. Main Ave., Sidney, Ohio, passed away at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 8:36 a.m. from complications from open heart surgery.
He was born May 14, 1941 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of George Austin and Gwen (Williamson) Linniman and they are deceased.
He was married to Gail Elizabeth Conway on April 24, 1965, and she survives in Sidney along with two sons, Jamie (Barb) Austin, of Fort Loramie, and Darrell (Barb) Austin, of Sidney, and three daughters, Deb (Keith) Goins, of Piqua, Lori (Jim) Edwards, of Sidney, and Stephanie Austin, of Atlanta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Emily, Ethan, Derek, Alisha, Ashley, Kaleb, Tharon, Josh, Brittany and Jacob; three great-grandchildren, Leilanah, Aubreigh and Emalee; four sisters, Sue Ann (Arthur) Hatfield, of Huber Heights, Alice Tucker, of Dayton, Phyllis Roy, of Sidney, and Patty Bryant, of Kentucky; and two brothers, Tom (Peggy) Austin, of McCartyville and Jerry (Josie) Linniman, of Sidney.
He retired from the city of Sidney in 1996 after 30 years and then worked part-time at Honda for five years. He loved to garden, fish, mushroom hunt, play cards, play pool and take walks in Tawawa Park. He was an avid bowler for 58 years. He was inducted in the Bowler's Hall of Fame in 2013. He bowled on numerous leagues. He was a collector of many things.
He especially enjoyed spending time with all his grandchildren and always attended all their activies. He was a United States Army veteran for 9 ½ years. He was a member of the Sidney American Legion, VFW, Elks and Eagles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery with full military honors.
Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Sunday, March 30, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 324 South Ohio Ave., Sidney, OH 45365, Lehman High School, 2400 St. Marys Ave., Sidney, OH 45365 or the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation, in care of the
, 915 W. Michigan Ave., Sidney, OH 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Austin family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's website at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com.