Condolences for Lewis Austin

Dot Oberlander posted on 9/13/20

I met Lew when I volunteered to help teach Hunter Safety for Virginia. He was quite a character! His whole purpose in teaching Hunter Safety was to get the younger generation started in the right direction, to respect animals, follow the laws, and above all, to use all the safety practices that were available to make a person a responsible hunter. He showed me his technique in getting through to the youngest student in the crowd. From that time on, even if I wasn't teaching in his class, I used that technique for every class I assisted with. The world is a better place for his influence and he leaves a hole that will be very hard to fill. I'm glad to have known him for the 15 or 20 years that I was involved in the Hunter Safety Program.


Michael J. O'Tool posted on 9/12/20

Lew and I taught Virginia Hunter Education for several years at many locations throughout the state. His stories and humor always made me smile. He lived for the the fun that life gave him. Always a smile and friendly bantering about hunting, his family, the Boy Scouts, 4 H, Volunteer work, Korea, fishing, Norfolk, carpentry, raising kids, shooting a shotgun, bananas, his family and his family. He never met a stranger, he helped everyone - even if they didn't ask and even if he just met someone he sounded like he knew them forever as a great friend. He was my friend and I won't forget his kindness and friendship.


Peggy Arsenault posted on 9/4/20

Last time I saw Jack was in 2014 when I lost my husband and he and Karen came to Hampton to have lunch with me and Karen asked him if he remembered me and he said sure, you did scouts together. Jack was a very nice guy and loved life. He'll be missed, rest in peace Jack, prayers to his family.


Holly posted on 9/3/20

And this is my Uncle Jack, to a T. I remember at Scott's wedding, he offered my Mom his drink. I stopped her in time, thank goodness, or we would have had to carry her home. :) He was my favorite story-teller, and I do often tell of how he got a buck after open heart surgery. He shot from the hip. Or so I'm told. And of how he turned out late for morning roll call, in civvies, with a cup of coffee, the day after his Army term of service ended. I love him dearly, and always will. He's now with my Mama, telling her again about that squirrel running up the gunbarrel. Or trying to sneak something into her drink. Till we meet again, Uncle Jack. We love you.


Betty Credle posted on 9/3/20

Kim, I just read the awesome tribute to your father. I wish I had known him!


J.C. Gaitley III posted on 9/1/20

Knew Lew many years ago thru Hunter Ed he always thought of others and had a great sense of humor. will miss him greatly my deepest condolences to the family