Austin Battiest, age 75 passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at his home in Broken Bow, OK. He was born on May 24, 1946, the son of James and Elsie Battiest. Austin married Barbara Winship in Clarksville, TX on December 23, 1969.
Austin was a veteran serving in both the US Army and US Navy. He was an electrician at DOMTAR for many years before retiring in 2009. He enjoyed hunting and coaching little league baseball and soccer in his younger years. Austin was a former president of the Broken Bow Quarterback Club, member of the Broken Bow City Park Committee and the Weyerhaeuser Foundation and also was instrumental in getting the County Wide Dumpster Program implemented.
Austin was a minster of the Gospel in the OK Indian Missionary Conference, serving as pastor at the Choctaw Academy in Rufe, Bethel Hill in Battiest and Bokchito Methodist in Idabel. Served as Director of Recruitment and Enlistment and was the SE Youth Coordinator for many years. He did missionary work for 25 years helping to build and remodel churches, fellowship halls and parsonages.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Andrea Battiest; brothers, Joe Freeman Battiest and Virgil Battiest; and a sister-in-law, Delores Battiest.
Austin is survived by his wife, Barbara Battiest of Broken Bow, OK; a son, Ed Ryan Battiest of Moore, OK; granddaughter, Morgan Battiest of Goldsby, OK; sister, Eveline Steele and Dale of Broken Bow, OK; several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, February 28, 2022 at the Broken Bow Cemetery.
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