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Dale Allan Austin, 81

Dale Allan Austin, 81, passed away on May 21, 2024.  He was born on May 4, 1943, to the late Kenneth and Noreen (Fanning) Austin in Janesville, Wisconsin.  He had fond memories of growing up on the family farm in Janesville, surrounded by his brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends.  He married Connie (Delorenzo) Austin, the great love of his life, on June 3, 1976.

Dale was stationed in Alaska while serving in the United States Army and worked in farming and trucking upon his return home.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at the many poolside parties he and Connie hosted at their Wonder Lake home.  He also enjoyed driving his Corvette, cruising the Chain of Lakes in his boat, and cheering on “Da Bears.”

Dale is survived by his son Christopher Austin (Christina) of Woodstock; step-son Joseph Niehaus (Becky) of Maryland; grandchildren Chuck and Constance Austin and Robbie, Tommy and Connor Niehaus; siblings Jack (Jean) Austin, Barb Gosh, and Janet (the late Kenny) Stevenson; and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother Warren.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any animal shelter or charity of your choice.

For information, contact the Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710 or visit

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