AUSTINRaymond Lee Austin, 84, of Florence and for- merly of Coos Bay, passed away April 21, 2017.

Born in Dewey, Okla., March 27, 1933, to Martha and Herbert Austin, Ray was one of 14 children. The family came to Oregon in search of work dur- ing the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when Ray was 3.

After meeting on a blind date, Ray married the love of his life, Dollie Noah, and quickly started a family, which brought him great pride.

He was an avid sports fan and followed the Marshfield Pirates, Siuslaw Vikings and especially the Oregon Ducks!

In 2015, his family took him on the road trip of a lifetime when they traveled to Pasadena, Calif., to watch the Ducks beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl — the first ever NCAA College Football Playoff.

Even though he only lived in the Florence area a short while, Ray made many wonderful friends there and his longtime friends and “cronies” on the South Coast were cherished deeply as well.

Surrounded by his family on a beautiful spring after- noon, Ray passed peacefully. He is survived by his loving wife, Dollie; his children: Alice Burns (Jim), Dan (Elaine), Rick (Martha), Don and Deb Nicholls (Tom); his sisters: Barbara and Bernice Bishop; and a brother, Darrel.

God graced Ray with a large and loving family of 24 grandchildren, 36 great- grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild.

Ray was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, great-great- grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

A teacher, mentor and con- fidant, Ray will be greatly missed.

To the best “old growth” created ... we miss you but know you can now run through the woods again!

A celebration of life for Ray will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Florence Church of the Nazarene, 1536 12th St.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ray’s name to The Friends of Florence Cancer Patient Van, PO Box 598, Florence, OR 97439.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

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