Born June 8, 1922, in Rushford, he was a son of the late Frank and Lela Porter Austin. On April 11, 1947, in Portville, he married the former Elva I. Hollamby, who passed away Aug. 15, 2001.
He attended Friendship Central School and was an honorary graduate in 2002 on his 80th birthday.
Bob served in World War II from 1942 to 1945 with the U.S. Army Air Cop. as a crew chief on P47 Aircraft, serving in England, France and Germany. He received the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, French Legion of Honor and New York State Medal of Merit. He worked at Daystrom Furniture for many years and retired from Dresser Clark in 1986 after 20 years of service. He was a great fan of Notre Dame football, the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills.
Surviving are five sons, Robert (Sherry) Austin Jr. of Westons Mills, Joseph (Jean) Austin of Portville, Alan (Kimberly) Austin of Portville, Kirk (Peggy) Austin of Westons Mills and Paul (Lexie Watson) Austin of Westons Mills; three daughters, Trudy (Philip) Stark of Olean, Alice (Harold) Worthington of Westons Mills and Wendy (Richard) Parry of Obi; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn (Bea) Austin of Coryville, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Ron (Maestas) Richardson of Olean; and a special sister-in-law, Martie Hollamby of Westons Mills.
In addition to his wife he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Carrie Mae Austin; six brothers, Harold, Milford, Howard, Frank "Hank," Ellsworth and Hanford Austin; and three sisters, Letha Baker, Jenny Patton and Lena Swain.
Family will receive friends Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, where funeral services will be held Monday (Jan. 14, 2013) at 1 p.m. The Rev. Clara Wilder, pastor of River's Edge United Methodist Church, Portville, will officiate. Burial will be in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. Memorials may be made to the Westons Mills Fire Department Ambulance Fund or to Meals on Wheels, Olean.