Age 91, died Wednesday, December 28, 2022, in Chelsea, Michigan, where he was a resident of the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born November 30, 1931, in Oil City, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Clare and Mary Fern (Turk) Austin.

He was a graduate of Oil City High School, the College of Wooster, Ohio, and the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies. He was most recently employed as a Reference and Collection Development Librarian at the University of Michigan Graduate Library. He retired from that position in 1994.

On May 7, 1960, he married Anna Marie Breyfogle in Chicago, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 13, 2014. Ronald is survived by a daughter, Mary Austin (Carl Smith) of Gaithersburg, Maryland; a son, Stephen Austin (Anna Parise) of Ridgeway, Wisconsin; and a daughter-in-law, Laura Dresser of Madison, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by a son, David Austin; and a sister, Sara Hudgens (Alan). Also surviving are a niece and nephew; and four grandchildren, Galen Austin, Lucy Smith, Alyssa Austin, and Nelson Dresser.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 1:00 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to UMRC & Porter Hills Foundation- Team Member Support Services East.

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