Clayton F. Austin, 73, of 6732 Highland Rd., Kane, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2010 as a hospice patient at his home after suffering a recent stroke.
Born June 15, 1937 in Ceres, he was the son of Erwin L. and Martha V. Taylor Austin. For 49 years he was married to the former Judy M. Orcutt, who he married on Nov. 11, 1961 at Tabor Lutheran Church in Kane.
Living most of his life in Kane, he attended Kane High School and worked in the Austin Family Bakery. He worked at McMillen Lumber Co. in Sheffield, was a self-employed logger, worked for Brown Drilling in Pleasantville, and finally retired as a log truck driver from Payne Enterprises in Kane in 2002.
He was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church, where he was an usher and communion worker and belonged to the Lutheran Churchmen, the Mt. Tabor Cemetery Assn. He also belonged to the Pennsylvania National Guard in the 1960s and was an honorary member of the Mountain Hose Fire Co. in Kane.
Mr. Austin enjoyed making maple syrup, beekeeping, gardening and bird watching, and was diligent feeding hummingbirds all summer.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five children, each whom he loved and who came from a different mold, choosing different paths in life, but there is a love in family ties that can never be broken: three daughters, Betsy Austin of Kane, twins Tracey (Bill) Gezik of Bel Air, Md. and Tricia (Rich) Austin of Shippenville; two sons, Scott (Bev) Austin of Kane and Eric (Melissa) Austin of Mt. Jewett; a sister, Barbara Bobenrieth of Port Allegany; a brother, Larry Austin of Bradford; and grandchildren Zach and Dani Hetrick, Jake and Sami Austin, Shelby and Riley Austin and Caden Gezik. He will be missed by his two best friends, granddogs Rosie and Scooter.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a brother Leroy Austin.
Friends may attend a memorial service at Tabor Lutheran Church in Kane on Saturday at 4 p.m. with the rev. David Pflieger, chaplain of The Lutheran Home at Kane, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tabor Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer's Assn., or to the McKean Co. SPCA.
The Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com