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Austin H. Beavin
© Cheyenne Star
25 Sep 2003
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Austin H. Beavin, 68, of Topeka, Kansas, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2003, at his home.

He was born May 14, 1935, in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, the son of Paul and Elizabeth Flemming Beavin.

Although he spent the past 28 years in Topeka, his heart was deeply rooted in Oklahoma. He was considered by friends and family to be the number one O.U. fan, and was an "Okie" through and through.

Austin graduated from St. Gregory High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1952.

He served honorably in the US Army from 1955-57.

He attended the University of Oklahoma for two years.

He retired from the Santa Fe Railway in 1990.

He and his wife, Mary enjoyed their home together at home with their two dogs.

He was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Austin enriched many lives through his volunteer work at St. Francis Health Center, where he served in many areas, Eucharistic ministry, cardiac rehab, gift shop, mail room and transportation.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Elizabeth Beavin; and his stepson, John Grady.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; two daughters, Jennifer Gurule of Westminister, Colorado; and Cindy Underhill of Auburn; one step daughter, Kerry Grady of Boston; five grandchildren; one sister, Paula Johnson of Burns Flat, Oklahoma; and two brothers Jerry Beavin of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma; and Howard "Pudge" Beavin of Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Helping Hands Human Society, 2625 N.W. Rochester Road, Topeka, 66617, or to the organization of the donor's choice.

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