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Niobrara County Library - Roscoe C. Austin (September 2, 1894 - September 24, 1974)

Roscoe C. Austin (September 2, 1894 - September 24, 1974)

The Lusk Herald
October, 1974

Roscoe Austin Dies at Newcastle

Funeral service for Roscoe C. Austin, 80, was held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the chapel of the McColley Funeral Home in Newcastle with the Rev. Richard Plants, First United Methodist Church officiating. Mr. Austin died September 24 at the Weston County Memorial Hospital.

Honorary pallbearers were Earl Christensen, J. E. Crouch, Christy Smith, Charles Hanson, Leslie ZumBrunnen and Andy Hanson.

Casket bearers were Dan Kruse, John Keller, George Turner, Charles Archibald, Albert Bollwerk and Kenneth Pollat.

Interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.

Mr. Austin was born September 2, 1894, to Frank and Myra Austin at Sargent, Neb. He graduated from high school at Broken Bow, Neb., and attended business college at Kearney, Neb.

Sept. 15, 1915, he was married to Mabel Olson at Gothenburg, Neb. In 1918 he homesteaded near Morrisey and in the spring of 1919 moved his family to the homestead where he ranched for 47 years.

He sold the ranch in 1965, retired and moved to Edgemont S. D., which was his home at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Taxpayers Association, Stock Growers, Farm Bureau, R.E.A. and a Master Mason of Newcastle Lodge No. 13, A.F. & A. M. He served on the school board for 32 years and served 14 years in the State legislature as a representative and senator.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel, Edgemont; three daughters, Mrs. H. A. (Myra) Smallwood, Centennial; Mrs. Glenn E. (Phyllis) Hanson;, Newcastle, and Mrs. Paul (Frances) Gaskill, Newcastle; two sons Raymond C. Austin, Edgemont and Fred. D. Austin, Whittier, Calif.; one sister Mrs. Hazel Hutt, Paso Robles, Calif.; one brother Laurice Wright, Van Nuys, Calif. And 13 great-grandchildren. His parents and one brother Willis Wright died previously. A memorial to the Weston County Memorial Hospital has been established.

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