Donald Warner Austin

May 19, 1925September 9, 2018
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Donald Warner Austin died peacefully on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at age 93. Don was the loving father of daughters Kelly Jo and Suzanne. He was proud grandfather of Rachel Zingg-Bowden and Katherine Zingg. He was also devoted husband to his wife of 57 years, Elva Younker Austin, who preceded him in death.

Don exemplified the qualities of our “Greatest Generation”. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his service in the Army Air Corps, as an avid fisherman, armchair quarterback, lover of music and mostly as a loving and devoted family man.

Don was born in New Philadelphia on May 19, 1925, the son of Floyd and Nellie Austin. He graduated from Strasburg-Franklin High, after which, he proudly served on a B-24 aircraft in the South Pacific Theater in WWII. He then attended Kent State University where he received a degree in Industrial Engineering. He met Elva Younker while attending Kent. They were married June 27, 1953.

Don and Elva began their careers and family in various locations, before eventually settling in Coshocton, where Don worked for Pretty Products for over 20 years, and Elva taught at Lincoln Elementary School. Don was a conscientious man who worked within the community to improve the lives and opportunities of those with developmental disabilities. He valued education and possessed a life-long love of learning. He will be remembered for his generosity and compassion to all.

Our family will always cherish the times we had together with both Don and Elva; weekend trips to Lake Erie, holidays together, family dinners, and simply spending quality time together. Don adored his daughters and granddaughters. In addition to material and emotional support, he also instilled the values of hard work and selflessness.

Don is preceded in death by siblings, Lowell and Elson Austin, and Virginia Austin Napier. Don is survived by his daughters, granddaughters, and son -in-law, John Zingg and grandson-in-law, Tanner Bowden. Don is also survived by his niece, Amy and nephews Adam and Dennis (and wife Nadine) Landaw and their families as well as extended family.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Landaw officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Laurens Cemetery in Boliver, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hopewell Industries or to Community Hospice.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Calling Hours Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 14, 2018

Donald Warner Austin

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Mary Jean (Baker) Molnarmjmolnar

September 12, 2018

Dear Kelley and Suzanne,
Your dad was one of the kindest people I have ever know. He so reminded me of your grandma, Nellie and my dad, Dillon. He will be missed, but know that through his entire life, he never spoke and unkind word to of of anyone.

Bless you all,
Mary Jean

Rebecca Berg

September 12, 2018

Don and Elva were both two very special people. They were the most gracious hosts every time I visited their home and Elva kept in touch with me even though I live so far away-Rome,Italy. I still appreciate the trip they made to Berea to participate in the Alumna Award Ceremony at Baldwin Wallace University. They were great supporters of my career. Elva 's Mother,Alice and my Father, John were siblings. I always appreciated John's keen interest in my musical career and his extreme kindness. My deepest sympathy to you all.Rebecca Berg

Valencia Stair

September 11, 2018

I met Don several years ago when I worked for Ember Complete Care. I was always so happy to be able to visit him and Kelly Jo, he was such a dedicated father! I remember wondering how many fathers would step in to care for their adult daughter the way he did. He was amazing for sure. I'm sorry to hear of his passing, you are in my thoughts.

Kirk Kennard

September 11, 2018

Kelly, Suzanne and Family,
I am so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a wise and gentle man. I admired him so much for how he took care of Kelly. I miss the talks that we used to have. May your entire family draw comfort knowing that Don is now with Elva. Bless you all.
Kirk Kennard

Angie Kennard

September 11, 2018

Suzanne, Kelly Jo & Family,

We are very saddened to hear of Don's passing. He was such a kind and caring soul.
In every conversation he spoke of the love and fondest for his granddaughters.
He was so proud of them. His devotion to Kelly Jo was unmeasurable. Our thoughts and
prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Angie, Matt & Mickey

Monica Vail

September 10, 2018

I want to thank the family of Don for allowing me the opportunity to care for him while in Altercare Coshocton. I will miss his smile! Where there was a will, there was a way with Don and I will miss that as well! My prayers are with you all! God bless!