Born April 7, 1929 in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Dorothy Landewitch Hagemeyer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Fern was a retired registered nurse for the Casey County Hospital and a former volunteer at Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Bert Austin, whom passed away in 1995; one brother; and a sister.
Survivors include four sons, Jeffrey Austin of Nashville, TN, Daniel (and Alana) Austin of Goose Creek, SC, Bradley (and Carolyn) Austin of Berea, and Joel (and Carol) Austin of Liberty; a daughter, Rebecca Austin (and Lester) of Mt. Salem; seven grandchildren, Amy Lynn, Taylor, Chris, Morgan, Wade, Samuel, and Jessica; five great-grandchildren, Blake, Hannah, Isabella, Sophia, and Tiffany; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
A private ceremony will be held at a later date at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with guestbook available online at www.mckinneybrown.com.