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Obituary for Jerry Wilbur Austin

Jerry W. Austin

Jerry Wilbur Austin, age 68 of Delton, passed away on June 3, 2021. Jerry was born on September 19, 1952 in Kalamazoo, the son of Ira and Vesta (Smith) Austin. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. He participated in the deer hunt at Fort Custer for fifteen years. He loved spending time with family and friends, cooking for them and holding yard sales. Jerry will be remembered as a giving person with a kind heart. Jerry is survived by his wife of forty years, Debra (Baker) Austin; children: Shawn Rice, Shane Rice, and Heather Gibbs; brothers: Bill (Vicki) Austin, Dort (Kolleen) Austin, Bob Austin, Art (Brenda) Austin; sister, Martha (Alfred) Middleton; twin sister, Jane (Gerald) Curtis; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Gibbs. Jerry’s memorial service will be conducted on July 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM, at the Curtis Residence, 19565 68th Street, South Haven, MI 49090. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Jerry’s family.