Edgar "Bud" Austen

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MERIDEN, Conn. - On June 20, 2012, Edgar Coy "Bud" Austen, 84, husband for 60 years of Betsy Arthur Austen, died in Meriden.

For the past three years, he was a resident of Ashlar Village in Wallingford.

He was born March 21, 1926, in Mahwah, N.J., to Edgar C. and Aimee Hargreaves Austen.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific theater in Luzon and the southern Philippines with the 80th Field Artillery Battalion as a sergeant major. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from New York University.

After a long career in the banking industry, he retired in 1991 from Amoskeag Bank in Manchester, N.H., where he was a highly respected trust officer. While in Manchester, Bud was active with the Kiwanis and served on the board of trustees of Webster House, a transitional living facility for troubled teenagers. He and his wife, Betsy, lived in Amherst, N.H., for 35 years, where they were both active members of the Congregational Church. Bud enjoyed restoring old houses, collecting toy cars and spending time with his family.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Barbara Austen and her husband, Steve Rice; son Douglas Austen and his wife, Kathleen; son Scott Austen and his wife, Lisa; and eight grandchildren.


SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Amherst Congregational Church, 11 Church St., Amherst, N.H. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Webster House, 135 Webster St., Manchester, N.H. 03104, Doctors without Borders, the or a .

Published in Union Leader on July 5, 2012
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