Myers, Austin L.

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Austin Leo Myers, age 96, of Sterling Heights and formerly of Gaylord, passed away with his family by his side at Medilodge of Sterling Heights on February 12, 2018.

Austin was born in Ladelle, Arkansas on September 1, 1921 to Henry “Homer” and Lena (Howsen) Myers.    On August 23, 1941 he married the love of his life, Geneva, with whom he just celebrated 76 years together.   He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

Austin loved life.  Anytime he was with people he was a happy man.  He was passionate about music and was a proud member of the Old Michigan Fiddlers Organization.  Playing old time music was a favorite way to pass away the time.  He instilled a love of music to his children and grandchildren.  Austin enjoyed the great outdoors while hunting and fishing.   He was a farmer, worked at Ford Motor Company and later became a construction carpenter which he retired from after 40 plus years.  Austin was proud of his family and loved children so much that even after raising 9 of their own children he and Geneva became foster parents.  He was a proud member and supporter of the VFW and American Legion.  Religion was always a priority and he made sure his children were walking the right path.  His children remember many easy, heart felt conversations with him about the choices they were making.  His love for family has left a strong legacy for generations to come.

Austin is survived by his wife, Geneva; children, Evelyn Myers, Dennis (Glenda) Myers, Jerry Myers, Hazel Congdon, Joyce Webber; son- in law, Tom Rittley and daughter-in-law, Donna (Lynn) Myers-Meade; 19 grandchildren and multiple great grandchildren and great- great grandchildren; brother Fred Myers and sister, Nina Hargis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; children, Dixie Swanson, Lena Rittley, Charles Myers and Martha Myers; great- granddaughter, Kayla Wagner and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2 PM from the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Gaylord.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Friday beginning at 11 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Johannesburg Christian Church in Johannesburg, MI.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.


8 comments on “Myers, Austin L.”

  1. Dawn (Sutfin) Hubbarf

    Sorry to hear of Mr. Myers passing. I have several fond memories of him. I was friends with his daughter Martha, we spent a lot of time at their house. Thank you for all the memories.

  2. Nita Melton and family

    Keeping you all in our prayers. Uncle Austin was a sweet, sweet man. He’s in heaven now playing his fiddle and I’m sure Daddy is singing with him. Love to you all.

  3. The Alfing family

    Joe, Tammy, Lauren, and JJ – we are so sorry to hear of your grandfather’s/great-grandfather’s passing. He sounds like he lived a wonderful life and has quite the family legacy! Our prayers are with you all!
    ~Nancy & Brian

  4. Michele (Lane) Heidari

    Geneva & family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Austin. Geneva, you and Austin have always been like a second set of parents to us Lane kids. Austin was such a sweet man who always had a smile and gentle heart. I truly wish I could be at his service to give you a hug and tell you how much I love you all! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs & Much love, Michele (Lane) Heidari–Corpus Christi, TX

  5. Austin was such a kind and soft spoken man. For a time Mr. & Mrs. Myers were our neighbors and many times I would stop for a visit which always lasted longer than I planned cause I loved all the stories and reminiscing about his family, the fiddle and many other topics that he knew so much about. His family will be a part of this legacy for many many years to come.

  6. Just remembering living on Chester St in Garden City watching TV on the family’s color TV and that was a big deal. To save on any arguments with the next show the first person who said stick had there choice of show. My best friend Jerry who I haven’t seen in awhile peace be with you. Y’all are in my prayers I will make it a point Jerry this summer to visit your Mom and you. Love Walt (Wally)

  7. It has been many years but have many wonderful memories with Austin and Genea as we worked so hard on the little church in Gaylord. My daughter and Austin played their violin together many times. A great man of wisdom and loved the Lord. Geneva you will be in our prayers. Gods peace and mercy be with you.

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