Jerry L. Austin, 79, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 4, 2011 after a courageous struggle with cancer. A native of Fremont, Michigan, Jerry was born on May 15, 1932, and was the only son of the late John and Hattie Austin. His father, John, was a painting contractor and his mother a nurse for many years. One of John's most respected clients was the Gerber family of Gerber Baby Foods whose corporate offices reside in Fremont. Jerry's parents were members of First Christian Reformed Church which was comprised mainly of people who had settled in Fremont from Holland, Netherlands.
Jerry attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he met his wife, Joann. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Michigan State University and a Masters in Business from Pace University in New York. Jerry was employed with General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) for over 30 years, followed by a season of time working with The Bruce Knott Group of financial advisors in Durham, NC.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joann Vroom Austin; their 3 children: Jeff Austin and his wife Cathy of Columbia, SC, Judi Woodward and her husband Gene of Las Vegas, NV, and Jonathan Austin and his wife Susan of Madison, NC. They have 11 delightful grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh on Friday evening, June 10th, from 7:00-9:00pm. A funeral service is planned for Saturday morning, June 11th, at 11:00 am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to Providence Baptist Church at 6339 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612, where Jerry and Joann had been long time members.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Rosewood Health Center at The Cypress, as well as the Hospice of Wake County for their kind and dedicated care given to Jerry during this time.
Condolences and memories can be shared at www.MitchellatRMP.com.
Arrangements under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park, Raleigh, NC.
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