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Austin, Dee C.BS 1941

D.O.D 08/27/2007 - Dee C. Austin, 92, of Stillwater, formerly of Enid, was born Oct. 1, 1914, in Lone Wolf to Otis Frank and Bertha Sinclair Austin and died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, in Stillwater.

He attended Lone Wolf schools and graduated from Lone Wolf High School in 1932. He attended Phillips University in 1933 and worked summers for his grandfather in his water digging business in Denver, Granite City, Ill., and Kansas City, Kan.

He married Elizabeth S. Jewell Nov. 22, 1933, in Enid. He managed Student Window Cleaners and graduated from Phillips University in 1941 with a degree in education. He taught school and was principal at Sabetha, Kan. He also coached boys and girls basketball teams until he entered the Army in 1943. He served in France and Germany with the 13th Armored Division. In 1945, he resumed teaching at Braman High School. He then taught at Augusta, Kan., from 1946 to 1947, and in 1948 at Glencoe. He coached boys and girls high school basketball. In 1949, he went to work for Department of Public Welfare in Pawnee. He later attended Indiana University from 1949 to 1950 for a masterís degree in social work. He was transferred to Stillwater from 1952 to 1953, when he moved to Enid, where he was county director of public welfare. He served in the child welfare department until his retirement. He was a member of University Place Christian Church, where he served as deacon. He moved his membership to First Christian Church of Stillwater when he moved to Stillwater in 1994.

Surviving are one daughter, Eileen Stair of Stillwater; one brother, Spencer Austin of Indianapolis; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, one son, one brother and a sister.