Evon Bert "Catfish" Austin

Date of Death: 02-24-2023
Funeral Service : 03-01-2023

Evon Bert "Catfish" Austin

Evon Bert Austin, known to all as “Catfish”, 82 years old of Smithville, Missouri peacefully passed away at home on February 24, 2023 surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. 

Catfish was born on October 17th 1940 to Bert Francis and Erma Elmira (Royster) Austin in Wright County, Missouri. At the age of 13, Catfish battled polio and emerged with a strong will, and determination to live life to the fullest. After Catfish graduated from Hartville High School in 1959 he went to college for a year and then entered the work force at Owens Corning Fiberglass in Kansas City, Kansas from which he retired in 1986 after 26 years. He then spent much of his time enjoying his grandkids and his passion for fishing and hunting.

In 1967 he married Mary Joann Jenkins in a small ceremony in Ava Missouri. They were married for 55 years at the time of his passing. They had two children Janet Lea (Austin) Brooks of Platte City Missouri and Scott David Austin (Janice Bolin) of Kansas City, Missouri. He enjoyed time with his seven grandchildren. Samantha, Matthew, Marcus and Austin Brooks (Janet’s Children) and Regina Bolin, Jack and Jordan Austin. (Scott’s Children) He had five great grandchildren Rory, Leif, Mila, Norah and Lane. (Janet’s Grandchildren) and an uncle Joe Austin of Mountain Grove, Missouri. .

Catfish and Joann started their dream of Smithville Marine in 1983, catering to the Bass Fishing Industry that Catfish had been a part of most of his adult life. Joann ran the day-to-day business with Catfish’s guidance from shortly after it was formed until they sold it in 2016. Once they sold the business, they spent time together enjoying their cabin in Canada and their home in Zapata, Texas.

 A Visitation will be held at Hixon-Klein Funeral home in Smithville Missouri on March 1st from 5:30 pm- 7:00pm. With a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 pm. 

Funeral Services will be held at Craig-Hurt Funeral Home in Mountain Grove, Missouri Saturday March 4th with a visitation at 1:00 pm and service immediately following at 2:00 pm. 

He will be laid to rest in the family plot at Hillcrest Cemetery in Mountain Grove, Missouri. 

 In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Shriner’s Organization or Post-Polio.org. (https://post-polio.org/support-us/donate/)


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