Date of Death: July 14, 2021
Visitation will be held Friday, July 30, 2021 from 11am until time of memorial service beginning at 12pm at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Brian Lutz officiating.
Austin Ray Meints, 88, of Three Rivers, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
He was born in Kalamazoo Michigan on November 26, 1932 the son of Henry and Irene (Shedor) Meints.
He was employed at a paper mill in Kalamazoo and also as a machinist at Lear Plastics in Three Rivers for many years.
On April 7, 1974 he married Anna Jo Compton. Together, the couple enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. Austin was an avid sportsman who loved fishing, golfing, bowling, and ballroom dancing. He was kindhearted but would not hesitate to give you his opinion. He loved all of his children and was very proud of them.
Remaining to cherish his memory are his daughters, Debbie (Alan) Pugh of Fort Worth, TX, Joan (Mike) Ridnour of Three Rivers, MI, Linda Heslet of Dallas, TX, and Diane Ridnour of Dowagiac, MI; sons, Steve (Janice) Meints of Portage, MI, Dr. Jason (Stephanie) Meints of Petoskey, MI, Ken (La Vonda) Stokes of Marcellus, MI, and Jim (Ann) Stokes of San Antonio, TX. He had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Jo Meints, and son, Michael Meints.
Donations in Austin’s memory may be directed to Dementia Society of America. Envelopes are available and may be sent to the funeral home in care of arrangements.
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My Uncle Boots was one of five of my father’s siblings. I always enjoyed getting together with my aunts, uncles, and many cousins at our Meint’s family get togethers. We enjoyed get togethers in Milham Park during the summer, bowling at Thanksgiving in Elkhart, IN, Christmas celebrations, and of course, many fishing contests. One of the things that I admire most about my Uncle Boots, is that when my cousin passed away, my Uncle Boots and Aunt Ana Jo took on the challenge of raising their grandson showing great love and commitment. He will be missed, but as with others that have passed on in our family, he is with the Lord which is our greatest comfort.
So sorry for the families loss. I worked with Austin at Lear. I also bought my house from Austin and Anna Jo. He was a very nice man. Prayers to the entire family.