Remembering Austin Anderson

I will be attending the funeral for Austin Anderson at 2 p.m. today in Enid, Oklahoma. I wanted to share with all of you Austin’s obituary, which gives a beautiful testament to this young man’s life. Please take a moment to read and then leave a message for the Anderson Family at the link provided below.

Please keep the Anderson family, and Austin’s fiancee Elizabeth, in your prayers today and as they continue to deal with his loss.

- Ron

Austin Grey Anderson

From the Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Austin G. Anderson, 27, passed away Saturday morning, May 12, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kan. Austin was born Feb. 6, 1985, to Monte Grey and Mary Frances Anderson.

Austin graduated from Ringwood High School in 2003, where he excelled in football, making the 8-man All-Star Team.

Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Reserves and served two tours in Iraq. In 2012, Austin was pinned Staff Sergeant Anderson in Washington, D.C., and was later honorably discharged after eight years of dedicated military service.

Austin accomplished a life goal of graduating from Oral Roberts University on May 5, 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Immediately after graduating, Austin began his dream career at Teen Mania Ministries in Tyler, Texas, as Head of Operations and Marketing. Austin was a dedicated member of Faith Center Fellowship, the church founded by Austin’s father.

While serving Teen Mania Ministries, Austin’s plane went down north of Wichita, Kan. Austin was one of two survivors of the accident and was able to heroically carry the other survivor from the scene of the accident. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

All who know Austin will forever profess of his inspiration to others to find purpose in life and strive to help all those in need. His favorite movie line quotes, “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives,” and Austin is one of the few that truly lived for each day.

Austin is survived by his fiancée and love of his life, Elizabeth Thaxton; his mother, Mary Anderson; brother, Aubrey James; sister, Allie Joy; grandparents, Don “Papa” and Carrol Ann “Annie” Anderson; grandmother, Edna Parker and husband Neil; and many extended family.

Proceeding in death is Austin’s father, Monte Grey Anderson; uncle, H.O. Scott; and grandfather, Don Steidl.

The celebration service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla. Arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

Memorials are to ORU Veterans Scholarship.

Condolences online at www.andersonburris.com.

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Today Show Feature on the Tragedy

The Today Show’s Matt Lauer interviews Ron Luce about the details of the crash, the four young men who died, and Hannah’s recovery.

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More from Hannah’s sister Charity:

More from Hannah’s sister Charity:
I spoke with Hannah tonight. She sounds like herself, and that makes my heart light. She’s in a great deal of pain, but she is a fighter if I ever knew one.
I told her how many have reached out and expressed how much she means and how deeply they care–she was in awe. She said, “Tell them I love them too.

More from Hannah’s sister Charity:

More from Hannah’s sister Charity:
I spoke with Hannah tonight. She sounds like herself, and that makes my heart light. She’s in a great deal of pain, but she is a fighter if I ever knew one.
I told her how many have reached out and expressed how much she means and how deeply they care–she was in awe. She said, “Tell them I love them too.

Memorials Set for Stephen, Luke, Austin and Garrett

To honor the lives of the four men who gave their lives in pursuit of sharing the gospel with the young generation, the families of Austin Anderson, Garret Coble, Stephen Luth and Luke Sheets are asking that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in honor of these men.

A memorial ensures that the legacy of these men carry on and that many more lives can be touched by their testimony. If you are interested in making a memorial for Garrett, Luke, Stephen or Austin, you’ll find the information on how to do that below:

Austin Anderson

Austin’s Memorial Fund is set up at the Anderson Burris Funeral Home, which is serving as the custodian for it at this time. Cash or checks made out to the Oral Roberts University Veterans Scholarship may be sent to 3002 N. Van Buren, Enid, OK  73703

Garrett Coble

The Coble family has arranged a memorial fund in Garrett’s name at Bank of America In Tulsa. Memorial gifts will be designated to the El Nino Emanuel orphanage in Peru. 

Stephen Luth

The Stephen J. Luth Memorial Fund has been established at the Central State Bank in Muscatine, Iowa. Donations may be made in his name by cash or check. Please include the account number on the check: 7264054. Checks may be mailed to Central State Bank, 301 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, IA  52761. The bank’s phone number is 563-263-3131.

If you would like to donate to the memorial fund online, CLICK HERE: http://stephenluthmemorial.com/

Luke Sheets

The Sheets family is asking that memorials be made to one of three designated place. A memorial fund has been established at North Shore Bank. Cash and checks made out to the Luke Sheets Memorial Fund may be sent to 2614 S. Bayshore Dr., Sister Bay, WI  54234. The phone number for North Shore Bank is 920-854-2381. You may donate online as well by clicking the button below:









The Sheets family is also asking that memorials be sent to the Oral Roberts University Department of Missions. Checks may be mailed to Oral Roberts University – Attn: President’s Office, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74171  (Luke Sheets Memorial / Missions).

Additionally, the Sheets family is requesting memorials be made in Luke’s name to Teen Mania Ministries. Donations may be made online at www.TeenMania.com. Click on the “Donate” button at the top and select “Luke Sheets Memorial/Teen Mania” from the drop-down menu. Additionally, you may send a check to the Luke Sheets Memorial/Teen Mania at Teen Mania Ministries, Inc., Attn: Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 2000, Garden Valley, TX 75771.

 

Update from Hannah’s Sister, Charity

My daughter Charity shared this update in an email with some of our friends yesterday, and it gives a more complete picture of how Hannah is doing. Please continue to pray for her healing, and continue to lift up the families who lost their precious sons over the weekend. – Ron

Dear ones,
Hannah did so well today. She went into surgery at noon, the doctor decided to do a dermal abrasion sort of procedure, removing all of the dead skin from her wounds; they will complete this process in a surgery on Wednesday. The doctor decided to wait on her skin grafts until next Monday to let her heal more in preparation. Thankfully, they will be able to harvest all of the graftings from her own skin in her thigh. Hannah is in a lot of pain, so please pray for strength.
They expect her recovery to accelerate significantly after that last surgery. She’ll spend a week to ten days in the hospital after her last surgery, and then will potentially spend some time at a physical therapy center in Kansas City.
As difficult and heart-rending as this time is for all who love Hannah, we turn our hearts toward those who have lost their precious sons. It is hard to fathom the exponential grief they are experiencing, but we hold them up in our prayers and aim to do everything we can to love on them.
My mom, dad, Cameron, and I thank you for all of your heartening words and prayers.
We love you and we’re feeling your love,
Charity

The Women’s Panel

 
Trailer Club from the Honor Academy’s Christian Internship presents the women’s panel. Mary Beth Hasz, Holly Bailey, Corrie Trotter, Mindi Collins, and Rebecca Erikson answer questions submitted by the intern men:
 

I am not the greatest looking man.  In fact I know I am average looking.  Do I have any hope to court a girl that I think is attractive?  People say I am a really nice guy.  Please give advice and hope to all of “nice” guys.

A note from Charity Luce

From Charity Luce, Hannah’s sister: Charity Luce
Dear ones,
Hannah did so well today. She went into surgery at noon, the doctor decided to do a dermal abrasion sort of procedure, removing all of the dead skin from her wounds; they will complete this process in a surgery on Wednesday. The doctor decided to wait on her skin grafts until next Monday to let her heal more in preparation. Thankfully, they will be able to harvest all of the graftings from her own skin in her thigh. Hannah is in a lot of pain, so please pray for strength.

Funeral Details for men that died in plane crash

Please go to www.ron-luce.com to see the funeral details for each of the men that died in the plane crash last week.
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