- 19 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 31, 1986
- Date of passing: Oct 8, 2006
|Let the memory of Shane be with us forever|
PFC Shane R. Austin, 19, Edgerton, KS was killed in action on Sunday, October 8, 2006 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Friday, October 20, 2006 in the auditorium at Gardner Edgerton High School, 425 N. Waverly Rd., Gardner, KS. Burial with Military Honors will follow at 3:00 p.m., Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, KS. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m., Thursday, October 19, 2006 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913)856-7111. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner American Legion or the VFW. PFC Austin was born December 31, 1986 to Terrance W. Austin and Debra Lynn Lucas Austin in Kansas City, KS. Terry moved with his sons to Edgerton 13 years ago and Shane attended school in the Gardner-Edgerton district. He worked for CFS Holding in New Century and Long Motor Corp. Trucking in Lenexa. He was baptized at the New Hope Baptist Church in Wellsville. Full of life, he lived every day to the fullest, never afraid to try something new. He kept in touch with his friends and family during his time in the service. Shane entered into service with the US Army on January 19, 2006. He was in Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, stationed in Baumholder, Germany. They were involved in the War on Terrorism/Operation Iraqi Freedom. A very proud soldier, he was awarded private first class about a week ago. Upon his death, Shane was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals to honor his bravery. Shane is survived by his parents, Terry Austin of Edgerton and Debbie Austin of Spring Hill; brothers Justin W. Austin of Edgerton and Kyle R. Austin of Spring Hill; half sister Kara Wood of Kansas City, KS; and maternal Grandmother Luetta Braswell of Kansas City, KS. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, community and a grateful nation. As his parents reflected, he is "Our Loved Hero, Loved by All."
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