Austin John McCleary
Austin John McCleary
Sept. 30, 1999-July 12, 2011
WARSAW — Austin John McCleary of 2102 Highlander Drive, Warsaw was released to the Lord surrounded by his parents, brothers, sister and other family members at his residence at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the age of 11.
He was born Sept. 30, 1999 to Andy D. McCleary and Angie L. (Wagoner) McCleary. Austin made an impact on his family, friends and others in the local community and beyond. He completed the fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School.
He was a member of the Chess Club, honorary captain of the Eagles track team, a member of the Weatherman Forecaster Club, multiple recipient of “Student of the Month” award, and a recipient of the Kailey Zehr Spirit Award. Austin, together with the help of his school established donations to Kate’s Kart providing free books for children at local and Fort Wayne hospitals. He attended Warsaw Community Church where he was a member of Club 56 and the children’s drama team. Austin was also an avid Nintendo video gamer, loved swimming, building with Lego sets and played baseball at the Warsaw Little League Park.
He served the Lord enthusiastically, witnessing to everyone around him, sharing his faith and bringing others to accept Christ as their savior. He was a strong and brave young man through his battle with cancer. His family, buddies, nurses, doctors, and pastors rallied around him and encouraged him through his trials. His courage and attitude were a leading factor in surviving the disease as long as he did.
He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Andy and Angie McCleary; two brothers, Drew and J.W.; and one sister, Alyssa, all of Warsaw. Also surviving are his paternal grandparents, David and Mary McCleary of Warsaw; maternal grandmother, Sue Geist and stepgrandparent Bob Geist of Plymouth; great-grandparents, Miriam McCleary of Warsaw and Wilma Wagoner of Plymouth; aunts and uncles, Becky and Shawn French of Warsaw, Beth and Mike Nutter of Fort Wayne, Lisa and Jeff Corban of San Antonio, Texas, Mike and Amy Wagoner of Indianapolis. He leaves behind 11 cousins, Trenton, Megan and Madison Corban; Alec, Dillon, Adam and Lauren Wagoner; Logan and Jacob French; Carson and Katelynn Nutter. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, David Wagoner.
His funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Dennis Wilson and conducted at Warsaw Community Church, 2300 Ranch Road, Warsaw, Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Warsaw Community Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in Austin’s name which can be directed to the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc., 102 E. Market St., Warsaw, IN 46580 and designated to the Kailey Lynn Zehr Memorial Scholarship Fund. Online gifts may be made at www.kcfoundation.org/donate. Memorials can also be made to the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund, c/o K-21 Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1810, Warsaw, IN 46581-1810, and would be appreciated by his family.