BUCKFIELD – Willis L. Austin, 81, of Buckfield, died Thursday, May 21.

He was born in Turner on Feb. 16, 1928, the son of Forest and Grace (Record) Austin, and was educated in local schools.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe until he returned home in October 1945. Upon returning home, he worked for Auburn Motor Sales for 40 years, retiring in 1991. Will had owned his own business, Will’s Garage, in Buckfield Village for seven years and worked for SAD 39 for 18 years as custodian and bus driver retiring for the second time in 2008.

Will married Eleanor Colby Bessey on June 6, 1952.

He was a founding father and former president of the Streaked Mountaineers Snowmobile Club was a member of the John D. Long American Legion Post No. 58 of Buckfield and was an active member of the Buckfield Community Church serving as a trustee until his death.

Will loved camping and camp fires, snowmobile riding, and mowing lawns, having mowed many years at Hebron Pines Campground. He took great pride in keeping his yard neat and tidy. He loved going to his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events, watching them play games, and also liked going on trips with friends and family.

Will and his wife were foster parents for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Austin, of Buckfield; one son, Bradley Austin of Sommerville; three daughters, Brenda Estes and her husband, Wayne, of Sumner, Sheila Kyllonen and her husband, Gary, of Hebron, and Joanie Austin of Buckfield; one daughter-in-law, Linda Collinson, of Winslow; two brothers, Ivan Austin and his wife, Sally, of East Livermore, and George Austin and his wife, Leota, of Turner; two sisters, Edith Austin of Turner, and Eva Dunigan and her husband, Dale, of Ark.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Austin of Turner, and Doris Austin of Turner; grandchildren, David and Michelle, Andrea, Tammy and John, Dara and Dave, Rebecca, Scott and Jamie, Ryan and Adam, Elizabeth and Corey; great-grandchildren, Kaila, Samantha, Caleb, Konnor, Karsyn, Parker, Nicholas, Olivia, Grace, Kohvyn, Shaun and Amy; great-great-granddaughter, Kendyll, and soon-to-be-born great-great-grandson, Traydyn; many foster children, with special feelings for Tom Coore and his wife, Sheri, of South Paris, Debbie and Paul Maberry of South Paris, and Julie Rice of Oxford; foster grandchildren,Tyanna, Lacey, T.J. and Jeremy; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald Austin, and Clarence Austin; and one sister, Charlotte Roak.

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