R. (Robert) Monroe Austin, 89, of Reading, husband of the late Joann M. (Priestley) Austin, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at his home in Reading, PA.

Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was the son of the late Paul and Charlotte (Bieber) Austin.

Monroe was a member of the Coventry Church of the Brethren for more than 60 years. He was a member of the church choir and served as moderator. Because of a move to the Lenhartsville, PA area, he became member of the Wyomissing Church of the Brethren, joining their choir. He worked as a Draftsman for Bethlehem Steel located in Pottstown PA from 1956 until their closure. He continued his career in Drafting with United Engineers/Raytheon until retirement in 1994. He was a chaperone for the Owen J. Roberts School District Marching Band for 21 years, and was known as the “Voice of the Wildcats” until 1991.

Surviving are his children Carol McAllister, Jeffery Austin, Sandra Talley and Heatherly Mearkle; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. He is also survived by his Sister, Margaret (Austin) Buzzard.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please check back.

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