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Mr. Austin N. Douglas

June 8, 1942 - October 13, 2018

Austin N. Douglas Jr., age 76, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2018 at Aspen Trace Senior Living Community in Greenwood. He was a resident of Trafalgar.

Austin was born on June 8, 1942 in New Castle to his parents, Austin N. and LaVaughn (Engle) Douglas Sr. He was a 1960 graduate of Walter P. Chrysler Memorial High School in New Castle and received a Bachelor’s Degree in 1964 from Hanover College. Austin went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree and teaching certificate in 1972 from Indiana Central College.

He retired in 1993 as a Pharmacologist from Eli Lilly in Indianapolis after 26 years of service. After retirement, Austin worked as a Purchaser for Baxter Pharmaceuticals in Bloomington for 8 years.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin, Knights of Columbus, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Indianapolis Mustang Club. Austin was a former member of the Johnson County 4-H Fair Council, where he held the office of President for two years. Austin had a passion for automobiles, especially mustangs. He was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed drag racing his Gremlin. Austin also enjoyed visiting car shows and swap meets. He was a fan of Indiana University Men’s Basketball, Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. Austin also enjoyed photography, watching old movies and caring for his dog Shelby.

Austin was a loving husband and loyal father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 50 loving years, Joan M. (Fischer) Douglas, whom he married on February 3, 1968 in Dayton, OH. He is also survived by his mother, LaVaughn Douglas of New Castle; sister, DeeAnn (Jim); children, Emily (Joe), Adam (Karen) and Trent (Andrea); grandchildren, Rachel (Aaron), Aaron (Livvy), Marissa (Jeremiah), Brendon, Madison, Bailey (Ashley), Hannah, and Makenzie; great grandchildren, Sadie, Silas, Daisy, Brantley, Ryne, and Eva.

Austin was preceded in death by his father, Austin N. Douglas Sr.

Father Steven Schaftlein will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th  at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 114 Lancelot Drive in Franklin. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until service time on Thursday at the church.  Inurnment will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Austin to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church or to the St. Rose of Lima School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, 114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin, IN 46131 or the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Douglas family at

Information: (812) 597-4670





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Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church


114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church


114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin, IN, 46131

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Born: June 8, 1942
Died: October 13, 2018

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Ed Hamilton posted on 10/19/18

Dear Joan- So sorry to hear of Austin’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember your beautiful wedding in February 1968, and was deeply honored to be a part of it. Austin and his family were very special people that I considered myself lucky to know. Ed Hamilton New Castle, IN


Ed Hamilton posted on 10/19/18

In memory of Austin, Ed Hamilton lit a candle