Leland Levaughn “Von’’ Austin, 92, of Mountain Grove, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Autumn Oaks Caring Center in Mountain Grove.

He was born Nov. 30, 1924 in Manes, Mo. to Leroy “Roy’’ and Myrtle (Venable) Austin.

Von grew up near Manes and went to school at Crisptown, north of Manes, until the 8th grade. He then attended Mountain Grove High School and graduated in 1944. The day after graduation he joined the Navy. He served in World War II.

He married his high school sweetheart, June, on Oct. 7, 1944, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Von was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, June on April 5, 2009, and by his brother, Harold Eugene Austin.

Von worked at various jobs in and around Mountain Grove before joining his brother, Gene, in an excavation construction business. After 30 years, he retired to the family farm north of Manes on the Gasconade River.

He and his wife June attended Trinity United Methodist Church while living in Mountain Grove and attended New Home and Evening Shade churches after retirement.

Survivors include his son, Keith Austin and his wife, Barbara, of Springdale, Ark.; his daughter, Nancy Austin-Brockett and her husband, Mike, of Temecula, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jason Austin, Angela Austin, and Amanda Austin-Fields; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Nicholas, and Lily, other relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Funeral services for Leland Levaughn “Von’’ Austin will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, in the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home Chapel in Mountain Grove.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service Friday in the funeral home.


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