Austin Richard Cleveland went to be with his heavenly Father on March 13, 2022, after a rich and full life. He was born on October 29, 1926 in College Station, Texas to Anne Parryzade Beene Cleveland and Raymond Baker Cleveland. He grew up in Garland, Texas on his parents’ farm and graduated from Garland High School in 1944. He enlisted in the US Army shortly after his high school graduation, entered into the Army Specialized Training Program and completed his freshman year of college at Texas A&M. He then finished his training at Camp Roberts, California, and was sent to Stanford University for his sophomore year of college. As WWII was ending, he completed US Army Air Corps training at Camp Kerns, Utah, and was deployed to Fort McKinley, Luzon, Philippines. He was assigned as orderly to General Ennis Whitehead, Commander in Chief, Pacific Air Command. Austin served in both the Philippines and Tokyo as part of the occupation force. General Whitehead recommended Austin for appointment to West Point, but he declined the offer. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Austin received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering with Honors from Texas Tech University and earned a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. He continued to serve his country in the private sector throughout his career, specializing in missile guidance and aerospace engineering.
During the Christmas holiday of 1946 he met the love of his life, Alice Lynne Spell. They were married 70 years, from 1950 until her death in 2020. During retirement life for Austin and Lynne was filled with interesting travels and times with family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, cycling, photography, and amateur radio. He was a member of Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church of Haltom City, Texas. Austin will be remembered as an extremely kind, generous, joyful, and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his daughter Susan Jeanne Anduss and her husband Marc Leighton Anduss; son in law, Larry Stephen Bien; grandchildren Stephen Cole Bien and wife Shelby Lee Bien, Alexander Ryan Anduss and wife Ana Karen Anduss Suarez, Sarah Danielle Anduss, Ashley Christian Carney and husband Cory Carney, David Chase Cleveland, and Cory Richard Cleveland; five great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Alice Lynne Cleveland, daughter Alice Anne Bien, and son David Bruce Cleveland and his wife Rebecca Louise Cleveland.
A graveside service with military honors will be held Friday, April 8, 2022, 1 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery to celebrate Austin’s life.