|Birth: ||Jul. 14, 1985|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 2006|
Survivors: father, Glenn Grobe; mother, Robin Moore and husband, Kerry; sister, Kelsey Moore; grandparents, Clemens and Bobbie Grobe, Doris Weaver, Ron Weaver; aunts; uncles; cousins.
Funeral services were Wednesday, February 1 at White's Chapel of Memories in Weatherford. Burial followed at East Greenwood Cemetery.
Austin's birth was special since it created the start of a fifth living familial generation. He sprouted from a skinny 30 lb., 3 year old to a strapping 6' 4", 220 lb. 20 year old. When he entered a room, everyone knew it; Austin did nothing quietly. And when it was time to eat, you either got ahead of Austin or you took your chances. He loved the outdoors and all nature had to offer. For much of his life, football was his passion. He made Academic All-District in his senior year with the highest GPA (4.34)on the Roo Varsity Football team and graduated with honors in the top 10% of his class.
He was always willing to help a friend and will be fondly remembered for his endless array of practical jokes, including the plastic-wrapping of a coworker's ENTIRE car. Austin didn't believe in 'judging a book by its cover'. He once wrote, "We need to get to know people in order to understand their character and the content of their heart." Ironically, Austin also had a love for cars. He was constantly modifying his 1989 Blazer and searching the internet for great buys on parts. When it came to neatness and not procrastinating, Austin seldom took the prize; but his easy-going spirit and wonderful sense of humor made these easy to overlook. All of these qualities and accomplishments, along with countless others, made up the boy, the man, the joy that was Austin.
Austin, your family and friends love and miss you so very much. We think about you every single day and we thank God for the 20 1/2 years He let us have you with us.
I added this **note** several years ago for the benefit of those finding themselves in the situation we did. For some reason the whole paragraph was deleted without contacting me, Austin's mother and mgr of this page. I will try to recreate the facts listed in the original posting and hope that if someone needs me to make changes they will simply notify me instead of deleting it in its entirety. Austin was a champion over injustice and would want this information posted, if for no other reason than to help someone else not go through what we did. We were notified (coldly and rudely) by a local police officer at 1 am on a Sunday morning with nothing but a business card with the name and phone number of a medical examiner written on the back and told to "call that number, there had been an accident." No "I'm sorry" or anything - very uncaring. From that moment until several weeks after the funeral, we were not thinking clearly and we missed opportunities that can never be regained and done over differently. THOSE opportunities are what I wish to mention here so that anyone reading this can take certain steps to avoid the regrets we had. Not all cases will be under the same circumstances, but these are good rules of thumb to follow: 1) as soon as is possible, notify someone outside the family that you trust to go to the scene of the accident (and where a towed car may have been taken) and retrieve any belongings that might have been left by the accident clean up crew and police, 2)have this same person make note of any possible camera angles from businesses nearby that may have caught something on film that would be useful to the investigation (assuming there is one) - our son's accident was caused by a driver that was never caught, BUT there were at least 3 businesses in the area that had cameras facing the direction the other car went and none of them were notified by the police until after the film had been taped over 3 weeks later, 3)be sure to instruct the funeral home or medical examiner that you will have someone pick up your loved one's clothes and have them cleaned - the funeral home here threw away Austin's clothes without even asking us. 4) Be sure to contact any employer about a possible life insurance policy - especially for a young single person who may not even realize they had one just for being a FT employee, 5)either know in advance the funeral home you would use or take the time to compare more than one and be very careful about what you sign - this would be a good time to have someone who is not family with you - it is a shame that the funeral home itself wouldn't be better at this (we were chrgd for makeup/hair/? and Austin had a closed casket), and 6)if you are using someone to officiate the service who didn't really know your loved one very well, be sure that someone is there to verify the music is right, that all things submitted to be read or viewed at the funeral are indeed in the hands (and mind) of the person doing the service. Pastor Steve Buckland who did Austin's funeral had one of the songs wrong, never took his notes and created full sentences out them so it sounded choppy and listed, and then never read 2 things that family members wanted read. He will never get another chance to do it right -- there are no do-overs in funerals. Again, this information is being posted in order to possibly help someone who finds themselves in a similar situation. Trust me, you may think you would think of these things anyway.... but if the death is unexpected and especially if it is a child, these things will never cross your mind until it is too late. Maybe they don't really matter in the whole scheme of things either.......but to some, they will. Thank you for taking the time to read this; may God deeply bless you!
In God's Hands
East Greenwood Cemetery
Maintained by: distraught mom
Originally Created by: H M G
Record added: Mar 08, 2006
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