David W. 'Joe' Austin, age 77 of Barker, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home under the loving care of his family and Niagara Hospice. Joe was born December 28, 1939 in Ransomville, NY, the son of the late Fred and Marjorie (Drinkwalter) Austin and lived most of his life in Barker.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator for 43 years at Niagara Stone in the Town of Niagara, retiring in 2002. After retirement Joe lived and spent time in the mountains in Fairplay, Colorado, for 10 years. Joe raised homing pigeons, enjoyed raccoon hunting, and his beloved pet dog, 'Asha.'
He married Nancy A. Kneeppel on June 13, 1959.
In addition to Nancy, he is survived by his children, Karen Langendorfer of Barker, Bobbie (Tim) Eyre of Honeoye Falls, NY, David W. Austin of York, PA, and Leonard Austin (Michael Aker) of Denver, CO; his grandchildren, Troy (Nicole) Langendorfer, Jesse (Hayley) Healy, and Kyle (Kathleen) Healy; his step-grandchildren, Brent and Brianna Backman; two sisters, Patricia (late Clinton) Bailey and Jane (late Paul) Guinn; four brothers, Dick (Barbara), Carl (Cindy), Clyde (late Mary), and Neal Austin. He was predeceased by two brothers, Bob (late Marie) Austin and Norman 'Pete' (Grace) Austin.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice, or to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.
Arrangements have been entrusted to HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Rd., Ransomville. Please visit hardisonfuneralhomes.com for online condolences.
Published on July 3, 2017