David P. Austill

May 19, 1936January 10, 2012

David P. Austill, 75, of Newburgh, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital. He was born May 19, 1936 in Evansville, IN.

He graduated from Reitz High School in 1954. After graduating from Evansville College, he went on to receive his Master’s Degree from ISU. David played football in high school and throughout his college years. He retired from Castle High School in 1994, after 30 years. During his time at Castle, he was a football coach, Athletic Director, and teacher. He opened and maintained the pool at Burdette Park and also built the Batters’ Box. David owned several rental properties in the Evansville area. He loved fishing, attending his grandson’s sporting events, and playing cards with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertis and Lillie Austill.

David is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandra; son, Bryan; daughter, Lisa Huey (Brent); grandchildren, Rylan and Cole Royster, and Taite Huey; sister, Judy Happel; nieces, Kathy Dyer (Chuck), Debbie Hochstetler (Steve), and Susan Bohrnstadt (Brian); nephew, Mike Happel (Sarah); sister-in-law, Carolyn Reel; and great nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 AM, Friday, January 13, 2012, at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, officiated by Rev. Reno Demuth, with burial at Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Thursday, 3-8 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 13, 2012

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JoAnn Koonce

January 5, 2013

Sandy, think of you often, and would love to be able to keep in touch, could you send your email or home address to me so that we can? Hope you had a blessed Christmas with your

David Hester

January 26, 2012

I am truly sorry for your loss and I pray that you and your family can find comfort and peace in knowing that David Austill was a good and great man who positively impacted the lives of innumerable young people in Southern Indiana.
I was one of those young men fortunate enough to have been influenced and shaped by David. He had a lasting and positive impact on my life with his lessons as a coach, a teacher and a man. He taught me to never, ever give up and to expect the maximum from myself and others. He made an indelible mark on my life and I have always truly appreciated him for it. I think of him and his lessons often.
Although I left the Newburgh area in 1977, I have kept up with David and his life over the years and I have had the great fortune to see him a few times when I visited Newburgh to see friends and family. I was deeply touched when he visited me at my father's funeral in May 2006.....and yes, I was the bald guy at the front of the room. I truly wish we would have had more time together as adults.
Sandy, I added two photos to your gallery, one where David, Tony, Tom and I were fishing in Canada at Lake of the Woods. We caught our limit of fish every day. And then, another where we were fishing at Toledo Bend in Texas and we were knee-deep in fish. Bert was on that trip with us as well and we had so many great stories about the trip; getting lost on the lake, running over buoys, trees falling in the boat and weathering a great storm.
I remember when I was a senior football player and you, David, Pat and I went to Dugger to scout a football game. We were desperate to win another game that year......and we did. We rode up there in that big boat of a car that David had....a big Pontiac convertible that he had to order special because it had an air conditioner as well. It was unheard of in 1965. I also remember that David worked with a writer from the Newburgh Register to write a puff piece about our football team and that upcoming game in order to motivate us....hard to do for an 1 and 8 team...but he did it for us.
But I especially remember the lessons we learned from coach Austill. He taught us to play with honor and to give 150% every play. I remember his first day of coaching at Castle High School. His message was have three downs to make 10 yards. If you only make four yards every play, you can always make more than 10 yards. How can anyone not make at least 4 yards a play. That was what he always expected and we did our best to give it.
We will all miss David, but he will never be gone from our minds and our hearts.
With my deepest sympathies,
David Hester
Castle High School Class of 1966

David Hester

January 25, 2012

David Hester

January 25, 2012

Rex Burdette

January 21, 2012

He was my Driver's Ed teacher. I am sorry for your loss.

Helga Thordsen

January 21, 2012

MY sincerest sympathy to the family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Rusty Scales

January 17, 2012


We just heard about Dave. He was a great influence on us and many others. You are in our prayers.

Rusty and Marcia Scales

Mike Happel

January 14, 2012

Aunt Sandy, I was so sorry to hear about Uncle David. Great memories of him and dad building the lake at the farm.

Kirk Mobley

January 13, 2012

Great memories over the years,especially at the ole swimming pool with Dax running around!He will be missed.Take care Brian,Lisa,and Sandy.

Lana Roth

January 13, 2012

My memories of Dave include baby-sitting for his children so he could treat Sandy with a night out without the kids. He was a very kind man to me and one of my dad's best buddies. I hope he and Jerry talk football for eternity.