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Clair Dean Austin - 04/18/35 - 02/15/06
630 22nd Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265-4801

(515) 225-6681
[email protected]
Published on 02/16/06

When diagnosed with leukemia in early December, and the possibilities for recovery and death were discussed, Clair stated, "I win either way." On February 15th, he won by entering the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Clair’s faith in God was very deep and steadfast. He considered himself to be insignificant, but service to the Lord to be paramount. For this reason, he would not want us to focus here on his background and accomplishments. We will simply say that those of us who have been profoundly influenced by his testimony, ministry, and love consider his life to have been of great significance, and for this we love him immeasurably and are eternally grateful to God.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Norma; his son, Jon Austin (his wife Susan and sons Barak and Javan); his daughter, Cindy Rabedeaux (her husband Steve, daughters Jennifer and Michelle, and son Bradley); his brothers, Al Bodtke and Chuck Austin; and sisters, Vera Moore, Vernetta Dove and Virginia Penfold, as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Clair requested that donations be made to his cherished church, Grace West Church (6820 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, 50266), or a ministry to which he devoted much time and about which he was deeply passionate - Interfaith Hospitality Network (4114 Allison Avenue, Des Moines 50310). The purpose of this ministry is to demonstrate Christian love and compassion by assisting homeless families to find employment and permanent housing.

On Friday, February 17, at 7 p.m. there will be celebration of Christ, Clair’s life in Him, and his going home to be with Him. It will be held at Valley Evangelical Free Church, 4343 Fuller Road, West Des Moines. We urge everyone to dress informally and comfortably - you know Clair would have done so.



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