Dennis Van Austin

May 28, 1943October 5, 2010

Dennis Van Austin, 67, of Austin, passed away on October 5, 2010. Dennis was born May 28, 1943. He grew up in Midland, Michigan with his parents, Helen and George “Tex” Austin and his two brothers, Dick and Greg. Dennis attended Albion College and Michigan State where he received his MBA. In 1967 he started his career with IBM where he worked as a manager and consultant until his retirement.

He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, backpacking and hiking. He was an avid reader and had a great appreciation for music and the arts. His friends enjoyed his sense of humor and his love of telling a good story.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle; his brother, Greg; his nephews, Brian and Dale; and his niece, Christina.

A memorial service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in memory of Dennis to Hope Presbyterian Church, Generation to Generation Fund, 11512 Olson Drive, Austin, TX 78750.

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Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, Austin, TX. (512) 335-1155.


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Betty Moca

October 24, 2010

Dennis was my wonderful brother-in-law for more than 25 years. I have known him since he was 8 years old, when he and his 4 year old brother Greg would accompany me and his older brother, Dick, to the movies and ice skating. He was a fine, compassionate man, who held the family together during Dick's untimely death 20 years ago. The world was a better place with him in it.

Ed and Jeanette Samuelson

October 21, 2010

We wish to express our condolences to the family. We recall when Dennis worked for IBM in Endicott, NY and were sorry to hear about his passing. The Samuelson Family, Johnson City, NY

Susan Piper

October 13, 2010

Knowing Dennis has been one of the many blessings from my lifelong friendship with Michelle. Dennis was a part of many adventures throughout my life. Touring NYC, eating escargot, and loving Dr. Hook music are just a few.
Dennis could always make you feel like what you were doing was important and interesting. He was a source of love and laughter and he will be missed.

Tina Heine

October 11, 2010

I will always remember Dennis and all of his wonderful stories and most of all I will always remember him being the one who introduced me to my wonderful husband. Thank you Dennis I love you and will miss you always!

Alice Smith

October 11, 2010

Dennis was the most passionate man I've ever known. He was passionate about love, life, antiques, food, story telling, wine, outdoors, friends and family. Michelle was always his greatest passion of all.

The girls and I have fond memories of Dennis. We had great trips to Midland to visit his mother. We all learned a great deal from Dennis.

The last time I spoke to him was a couple of weeks ago. He mentioned that Dave and Nancy was on vacation for a month and how helpful they had been to him. Nancy seemed to have taken him under her wing and he enjoyed playing golf with her (when he was able). He also spent lots of time speaking of Michelle, catching me up on her and her job and how her employers treated her as family.

Michelle is Dennis' greatest legacy. He especially enjoyed her 'writings' (poems..etc) He laughed about how they could get on the phone and time would pass so quickly.

Michelle, I love you dearly and know this will be a significant void in your life that no one will be able to fill. You should find comfort in your memories and knowing how much he loved you and every visit, every note and every call was the greates gift you could have ever given him.

Mary Austin

October 11, 2010

I am so very grateful to have known Dennis and been part of his family. I love him for his unquestioning support of my life choices and for making my daughters feel special. He was a dear friend and I will miss him greatly. Mary, Emily, Lily & Hana.

October 11, 2010

Even though we have not seen Dennis in many years we will never forget the memories we shared with our daughters when they were born. We had many good camping trips and a lot of good weekends in Endicott. Our thoughts and love go out to you Michelle.
Ron and Linda Mufford

Peggy (Olsen) Stowe

October 11, 2010

Michelle, I am sorry to hear about your Dad. I always remember him with a smile on his face and his love of photography. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Janet Murdock

October 11, 2010

Dear Michelle,

Long time Plumewood neighbors, we were always happy when Denny joined us for a glass of wine and a round of good gab at Balcones CC Sunday brunch . . . such a smart, interesting man and yes, he was a smooth story teller! When two old IBMers (Denny and Mark)traded war stories, it was fun to be at the table. Mark joins me in extending our heartfelt condolences; your dad was a fine fellow, and we will always hold fond recollections of time spent with him.

Christina Austin

October 11, 2010

There are no adequate words to express my sorrow of the passing of my Uncle Dennis. I am grateful for the love, compassion, unfailing kindness and humor that he brought to my life. I will miss him deeply.