I will be attending the funeral for Austin Anderson at 2 p.m. today in Enid, Oklahoma. I wanted to share with all of you Austin’s obituary, which gives a beautiful testament to this young man’s life. Please take a moment to read and then leave a message for the Anderson Family at the link provided below.

Please keep the Anderson family, and Austin’s fiancee Elizabeth, in your prayers today and as they continue to deal with his loss.

– Ron

Austin Grey Anderson

From the Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Austin G. Anderson, 27, passed away Saturday morning, May 12, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan. Austin was born Feb. 6, 1985, to Monte Grey and Mary Frances Anderson.

Austin graduated from Ringwood High School in 2003, where he excelled in football, making the 8-man All-Star Team.

Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Reserves and served two tours in Iraq. In 2012, Austin was pinned Staff Sergeant Anderson in Washington, D.C., and was later honorably discharged after eight years of dedicated military service.

Austin accomplished a life goal of graduating from Oral Roberts University on May 5, 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Immediately after graduating, Austin began his dream career at Teen Mania Ministries in Tyler, Texas, as Head of Operations and Marketing. Austin was a dedicated member of Faith Center Fellowship, the church founded by Austin’s father.

While serving Teen Mania Ministries, Austin’s plane went down north of Wichita, Kan. Austin was one of two survivors of the accident and was able to heroically carry the other survivor from the scene of the accident. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

All who know Austin will forever profess of his inspiration to others to find purpose in life and strive to help all those in need. His favorite movie line quotes, “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives,” and Austin is one of the few that truly lived for each day.

Austin is survived by his fiancée and love of his life, Elizabeth Thaxton; his mother, Mary Anderson; brother, Aubrey James; sister, Allie Joy; grandparents, Don “Papa” and Carrol Ann “Annie” Anderson; grandmother, Edna Parker and husband Neil; and many extended family.

Proceeding in death is Austin’s father, Monte Grey Anderson; uncle, H.O. Scott; and grandfather, Don Steidl.

The celebration service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla. Arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

Memorials are to ORU Veterans Scholarship.

Condolences online at www.andersonburris.com.

17 thoughts on “Remembering Austin Anderson

  1. Jeffandpaula

    Our prayers are with you at this time. May the peace and grace of our Lord Jesus surround you all in an incredible way.

  2. Katie

    Thank you so much for all of your faith. Thank you for allowing your son to take the first steps into doing God’s will, I’m sure that he was a blessing to many many people. His story is very encouraging.
    God is with you and will not let you go, he might allow you to bend but will never let you break.
    God bless you and all your family!

  3. Cindy

    My son Jason is an ORU student and knew Austin. He was in several classes with him and spoke with him on a number of occasions in the gym while working out. I’ll never forget when he told me about this guy that he met that was a marine and had such a passion for life and his dream of helping the veterans. Jason thought very highly of your son and loved his faith, strength and passion for life. You and your family have been in our prayers since we first heard of the accident Saturday morning and will continue to be.
    God’s strength, peace and comfort to you and your family….

  4. Luci

    Praying the God of all comfort is with you and your family.

  5. Shanygne Gullickson

    continued prayer for all of them and you!
    Father, we ask that you would give peace and strength to everyone mourning Austin’s loss.  We ask that his story, his life be a beacon that leads people directly to YOU and that YOU receive glory for his life and legacy.  Be with his family, friends and fiancé as they walk thru this mourning process.  Thank you that their hearts are steadfast for You and that they only want you to be glorified.  In the moments that they feel the loss the most, be their strength and their shield, their ever=present comfort.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen

  6. Lindsey Miller

    I didn’t know Austin. But as an alumni of the Honor Academy and a sister in Christ, I feel this loss more deeply than I thought possible. Even in deep grief, our God is sovereign. Even in lack of understanding, in our God there is peace. Even while this is too tragic, our God brings comfort. I am praying for your family. Tuck in to God, for He alone is good. I am also praying that Austin’s life and legacy is a bacon that leads people to God! Amen

  7. Maryal

    Today on our State-wide California Praise & Prayer High Noon Call we spent a good deal of time praying for you, the families, and the loved ones of those who died….We ask the Lord to send the Comforter, our precious Holy Spirit, to fill the HUGE gaping holes in people’s hearts with His Love and Peace….We prayed for the Memorial Services, that what the enemy meant for evil, GOD WILL USE FOR GOOD for He is Faithful, Loving, and Kind…and He knows the end from the beginning~We prayed for Lord to encourage all those who lost loved ones, with increased faith and that MANY will come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord as a result of this tradegy….We prayed more, but that’s it in a nutshell~
    May the Lord bless you and all affected by this horrific accident, and strengthen all in the understanding revelation of who He is….In Christ’s Love, Maryal Boumann, PRAY CALIFORNIA

  8. Renee Kitchen

    Dear Ron, Katie & family,

    I have been praying for Hannah & the families of her four friends since Monday when I heard about the accident.  Even though I don’t know any of these people personally, I can’t seem to hold back my tears, so I can only imagine what they are going through.

    Please know that I will continue to pray without ceasing for all concerned.  I have been attending Acquire the Fire & Battlecry conferences with my children and their friends since 1999 and realize the important role these precious young Warriors for Jesus play in leading our young people to Jesus, out of the darkness of this world into His marvelous light.

    I know that those who passed from this life into the Kingdom of Heaven are experiencing a joy & peace beyond our comprehension, and I pray their families will be comforted in knowing this and that, one day, they will see their loved one again and be with them for all eternity, along with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and all the saints who have gone before them.

    When I read about what Austin Anderson did, the first thought that came to me was the Scripture that says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 (NIV).  I know that as soon as Austin closed his eyes and left this world, he opened them to look right into the eyes of Jesus holding him in His arms.  I know that Jesus said to Austin, “Well done, good and faithful servant….” Matthew 25:23a (KJV)

    Hannah is healed by the stripes of Jesus and will live and not die to declare the mighty works of the Lord!!!  She will have a miraculous, total recovery to the glory of God!!!  Hallelujah & Amen!!!

    God be with all of you along with the Holy Spirit, who is our Comforter!!!  In Jesus’ Name!!!  Amen!!!

    All my love and prayers always,

    Renee C. Kitchen
    Lodi, NJ

  9. Gpollard2

    To My Sisters and Brothers
     I want to encourage you by saying give NO place to the devil (through) grief. Expose the devil for who HE really is (A thief and a liar).Austin is fine. He is with Jesus and rooting for the rest of us to Run Our Race Successfully. We know where He is and He knows where we are. His life was not in vain–It meant Something. He lived his life for others, especially the young ones! My daughter also intends the greatest university on the planet,( Oral Roberts University) and these children become a family and as you know just as Austin knew these remain lifelong friendships and HE was a friend to the very end.

    Your Sister-In Christ
    Gwen Pollard
    Dayton OH

  10. Sharps

    Dear Ron & Kate,
    Our prayers continue to be with you and the families of the young men that lost their lives.  We are also grads of ORU and happened to be in Tulsa when the accident happened.  As a youth pastor I have taken youth to Acquire the Fire several times and have been blessed by your ministry.  When we first heard the news we were told Hannah was in critical condition.  My heart began to ache at the though of your pain.  Three years ago our 29 year old daughter died very suddenly.  The other day all I could pray was God spare the Luce’s of this pain.  We totally believe God is in control and makes no mistakes but pray that your daughter be spared.  Praise God for the continued good reports.  We also give God thanks for the heroic efforts of Austin Anderson.  I have taped the report from ABC and will play it in our service Sunday before Memorial day as an example of the kind of love and bravery that he exemplified.  Please know we continue to pray for your family and those involved.

    In his Love,
    Pam Sharp
    Poplar Bluff, MO

  11. PJ

    Austin – Semper Fi, brother… HOORAH!

  12. Irvingmt

    Dear Anderson Family, all of us in Asia send our deepest regards in the
    HomeGoing of your beloved son and grandson and loved man of God, Austin.

    You are in our prayers and love,

    Irvin, Linda Rutherford, and Lilian Tan and all of GLOBAL MINISTRY TEAMS

  13. Susan Brooks

    Prayers from Canada.  Sending love at your hour of pain.  Jesus is Lord.  Jesus is Lord.
    Richard and Susan Brooks

  14. Dmccurren

    Semper Fi
    Always Faithful
    Truly, once a Marine always a Marine
    Thank you for your dedication to; God, Family, and Country.
    May your passion to live well inspire more of us to Jesus-up and to Marine-up.

    Truth and Valor,

  15. DWL

    Austin Anderson should be remembered as a martyr, giving his life in a Christian outreach, and apparently saving the life of Hannah, another messenger of the Gospel, so that she could continue to minister for Jesus.  And in this setting, Austin actually imitated Jesus to the fullest extent possible by a human being, giving his life so another could be saved.  We should all be so inspired, to use our days on this earth to make a difference for God before we too stand before Him to receive our reward.  Hopefully, something will be named after Austin Anderson at the Teen Mania property so that future employees and missionaries can be inspired by his example.

  16. Bill Utley Smith

    Prayers to you all from Tennessee.  I am sorry for your loss. I was so impressed and inspired by Austin’s courageous acts to save life during the crash. I too thought of the verse, “Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Austin did it right. May God’s peace rest upon you and may His Holy Spirit comfort you now and forevermore.

  17. C S B 1989

     The Beama seat.. <3 but I pray for his family… who lost a good person.  and I pray they are remminded they will be with him once again.

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