Robert H. Austin

December 16, 1926February 6, 2012

Robert H. Austin, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Monday evening, February 6, 2012 at the age of 85.

Robert was born on December 16, 1926 in Princeton, the son of the late Louis and Hazel (Jones) Austin. On September 20, 1952, Robert was united in marriage to his loving wife, the former Edith Wible. Together they shared nearly sixty years of marriage. Robert greatly loved his job and retired in 1983 from the U.S. Post Office, where he worked for 38 years as a rural letter carrier. He was a member of the Church of Christ, was a past state president of the Indiana Rural Letter Carriers, and a member of the National Retired Federal Employees. Robert also received a Million Mile award from the National Safety Council for driving over 25,000 hours on rural routes without an accident. He greatly loved his family, enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and loved to sing and whistle. He will forever be remembered as a hardworking and loving man, who will be missed by all.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Edith; children, Lois and husband David Sullivan of Sarasota, FL., Eric and wife Nola Austin of Terre Haute and Caroline and husband Keith Woodason of Dalton, GA.; grandchildren, Corey, Kelsey and Kathryn Sullivan, Adam and Evan Austin and Ben, Andrea, Nathan and Lucas Woodason; one great grandchild on the way; sister, Wilma Beckerman of Princeton and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Austin, Jr.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. and again on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 9 a.m. until the time of Robert’s funeral at 10 a.m. at the Roselawn Funeral Home in Terre Haute. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Robert may be directed to Camp Wabashi.



  • Visitation Thursday, February 9, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, February 10, 2012
  • Funeral Ceremony Friday, February 10, 2012


  • Funeral Service

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Mike Hubble

February 19, 2012

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Mary Ellen Adams

February 13, 2012

With love and condolences to the Austin Family: Bob and Edith have honored God with their wonderful familly. Bob made many contributions to others, especially young people, through his life of service. The lives of his children and grandchildren attest to his concern for setting the right priorities. I am blessed to know this family.

Steve Lingenfelter

February 9, 2012

Bob and my own Dad were co-workers at the post office for many years...more importantly, they were good friends and I remember Bob very well from countless times, when he was on a route, at the Post Office or just around town. My condolences to all of Bob's family.
Steve Lingenfelter

Paula Cole

February 9, 2012

My condolences to the Woodason and Austin families on the death of your husband, father, grandfather Robert. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Karen Farlow

February 9, 2012

Aunt Edith and all of my cousins and their families,
So sorry to hear of the death of Uncle Bob. I know he's suffered for quite some time and we knew this time would come, but it's never easy to finally let a loved one go. As much as I would love to be there and see all of you again during the showing and funeral, I'm afraid that won't be possible. But know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Beckerman Farlow, niece

Sara Anderson Boyer

February 8, 2012

My deepest sympathy to all in the Austin Family. My mother and Father (Joe and Betty Anderson) loved being involved with Bob and Edith in the Swim Club. Bob was a wonderful man and loved by so many.

Coy Siddall

February 8, 2012

Dear Edith and Family,
Shirley and I wish to express our love and sympathy at the loss of Bob. He was an awesome man, and your family is a wonderful reflection of him. I know God is walking with you through this time and there is joy at his eternal home with God. God bless you all,

February 8, 2012

My condolences to the Austin family on the passing of Robert. To you Eric and Nola and your family also. Bernie Reece


Grandpa Austin at Corey & Tarah's wedding - June 10, 2006


Robert & Edith renewed their wedding vows for their 30th anniversary