Elmer Earl `Al' Austin, 86, co-owner of Beltex Corp.

August 18, 2004

Elmer Earl "Al" Austin, a retired co-owner of Beltex Corp. and avid outdoorsman, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his Bel Air home. He was 86.

Mr. Austin was born in Toledo, Ohio, and raised in Monroe, Mich. During World War II, he served with the merchant marine aboard Liberty ships in Europe, delivering troops and war materiel.

A tool-and-die maker by trade, Mr. Austin worked in Detroit before moving to Baltimore, where he was employed by General Motors Corp.'s Broening Highway plant and Western Electric Corp. at Point Breeze.

FOR THE RECORD - Elmer Earl "Al" Austin: An obituary published for Elmer Earl "Al" Austin in yesterday's editions of The Sun omitted a survivor. Mr. Austin is survived by a daughter, Eleanor Orange of Ida, Mich.

In the early 1960s, he founded Beltex Corp., which installed and maintained conveyor belts and systems, with Robert R. Lipscomb. Some of the company's clients, according to family members, include Bethlehem Steel Corp., Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., and Delmarva Power and Light. In 1980, he retired from the business, which was later sold.

He was a longtime member of Millwrights Local 1548.

He was an accomplished builder and had constructed his two homes.

At Mr. Austin's request, no services will be held.

Mr. Austin is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Catherine H. Rentschler; three sons, William E. Austin of Lebanon, Tenn., Gene H. Austin of Santa Fe, Texas, and Edward E. Austin of Bel Air; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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