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|Austin, Spencer Peter||1931|
D.O.D 04/21/2010 - Church Leader Dies at 100 Years
Beloved as Dad, Gramps, Great-Gramps, valued colleague and precious friend, the Rev. Dr. Spencer Peter Austin died April 21, 2010, at the age of 100. Dr. Austin was born December 15, 1909, the son of O. F. and Bertha Sinclair Austin, in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. His parents, a brother and sister, a grandson, Michael Roy Austin, and two wives, Margaret Wolfinger Austin and Kathleen Bailey Austin, preceded him in death. His death is mourned by his third wife, Kathleen “Kitty” Havens Austin; children: Roy (Freda) Austin of Huntsville, AL; Jack (Patricia) Austin of Virginia Beach, VA; Margaret “Midge” Austin Beguin (Jean-Jacques) of Geneva, Switzerland; Doug (Janet) Havens; Nancy Havens Dillon (Terry); Judy Havens Coleman (Dave); and Kathy Havens Gassaway (Grant). Seventeen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren survive him.
Dr. Austin was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), serving congregations in Oklahoma and Massachusetts. Most of his ministry was based in the Indianapolis central office of the Christian Church, supporting the denomination’s global witness. He served the United Christian Missionary Society, the Church Finance Council, Christian Theological Seminary, and as Regional Minister for Indiana He was an officer of Church World Service, The National Council of Churches, and The World Council of Churches, His international travel began in the late 1940s to witness the mission and services of the church around the world, and identify the resources needed to accomplish them. His gifts in sharing the story of God at work in the world inspired many to participate in this compassionate service. He affirmed that a highlight of his service was interpreting the work of Church World Service on six continents.
A Memorial Service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Spencer P. Austin Century Fund for Week of Compassion,” Christian Church Foundation, P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206-1986