George Kenneth Austin Jr.

Oct 29, 1931 – May 1, 2019 (Age 87)


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George Kenneth 'Ken' Austin, Jr.Oct. 29, 1931 - May 1, 2019 It is with deep sadness that A-dec marks the passing of its co-founder George Kenneth Austin, Jr., who passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He spent his final days surrounded by his beloved family at his Newberg home. He was 87 years...

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He loved the Lord and served others willingly, a great friend and a wonderful example.

Thanks for being such an amazing generous person for all employees and their families. So many great memories!

What a great guy, humble and dedicated and always eager to lend a hand. Truly a great car guy! We showed together at Pebble Beach, that was an honor, I was in great company at a great event! Ken you definitely left your mark and proof of your existence, you will be truly missed!

He was my older cousin with a deep love of cars - which I shared. We often talked about such things and, as years passed, we enjoyed staying in touch. He will be missed by his colleagues, community, and extended family of relatives throughout the U.S.

Thank you Mr. Austin for your wisdom & vision to establish Springbrook as a treatment Center. I was there for 66 days in summer 2000 & it doubtless saved my life & provided me with a new & revived spirituality. I & my loved ones are forever grateful for what you did for us.

Fondly, Larry M

Ken and Joan have a special place in my heart. Ken cared deeply about other people. Paul Sturges and I were honored to be selected to work on special projects for Ken. One example was a battery powered fishing reel for a dentist friend of Ken's who had suffered a stroke. Another time was when Ken asked me to make a heated toilet seat for his mom. I feel that God, in HIs goodness, equipped us with memories to recall the special times we enjoyed with those we love, and I have many great...

Ken and Joan were remarkable people. It was a privileged to know them both.

Our sympathy is with the family in the passing of Ken Austin. We have fond memories of the times he spoke to the Newberg Area Historical Society about his life and about when he was Benny Beaver at Oregon State. I remember when he called me and asked me to paint a watercolor of his home. I was so honored to do this and remember his kindness.

The Hoover-Minthorn House Museum thanks Ken Austin: Brilliant engineer, committed philanthropist, devoted humanitarian, Newberg mainstay. We are grateful for your interest in and support of history education.