LAKE WALES - Mr. Otto (Web) Austin, 79, of Lake Wales died on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at The Groves Center, of cancer.
He was born on December 28, 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin to Otto and Carol Austin and moved to Lake Wales twenty-six years ago from Salamanca, New York. He was a retired fourth generation newspaper print-er, editor, and publisher from the family owned Salamanca Press. He worked for eighteen years at the Lake Wales News as a computer operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in Germany. Since 1946 he was a model railroad enthusiast and a member of the National Model Railroad Association. He was an avid sailor and past commander of the Dunkirk, New York Yacht Club and one of the founders of the Ridge Area Computer Club. He was a member of the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Wales.
He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-five years Mary Fronappel Austin, son Todd Austin and his wife Helen of New Braunfels, Texas, grandchildren Christina Clark and Olivia Austin of New Braunfels, and his sister-in-law Jane Fronappel of Lake Wales. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kim Austin in 2011.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Johnson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit with Rev. Andy O'Reilly officiating. Inurnment will be made at Florida National Cemetery.
Memorials of remembrance may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823 or to the Humane Society of Polk County 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33884.
The family wishes to thank the staff and care givers of The Groves Center and Auburndale Hospice for their compassionate, diligent, and professional care that made his stay at The Groves comfortable and dignified.
Published in Ledger on June 9, 2012