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WaKEENEY – Austin Robert Wiebe, 37, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on I-70 near Warrington, Mo.

Austin was born Aug. 27, 1980, in Hugoton to Steve and Robin (Bullard) Wiebe. It is impossible to sum up a person’s life in a few paragraphs.

Austin was an avid nature and animal lover growing up and was always surprising his mom with new pets. Some of his favorite times were fishing with his dad and friends. In high school, Austin enjoyed going to the gym every day and lifting weights, which he continued to do throughout his life. 

He graduated Hugoton High School and attended SCCC/SWKTS where he studied physical therapy and then machine tool technology. Austin will be remembered for his contagious laugh and love for Jesus.

 Austin traveled throughout the U.S. working in construction. He also worked in the oil field. Most recently, he ran construction business in Kansas. He loved meeting new people and business gave him that opportunity. Austin recently attended T.D. Jakes Business Conference in Dallas. 

He enjoyed reading and listening to any sermons by TD Jakes. 

He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved making people laugh. He always saw the best in everyone and would do anything to help someone. 

Throughout his adulthood, Austin was known to take in strangers, give them a place to stay, and share his love of God with them. 

Austin was always researching information and learning more about something new. He loved sharing his new ideas with his family. His hobbies included growing a large garden of which he started his own plants from seeds. 

He raised rabbits, chickens, and quail. Austin had a natural talent to imitate people, movie scenes, and songs and make everyone laugh until they cried. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. 

He is survived by his three children: Adigan, Lynzie, and Kasaara; his parents, Steve and Robin Wiebe, Hays; three sisters: Angela Miller and her husband Chad, Liberal, and their children, Nichole and Kayla,  Amara Barber, Hays, and her children, Brooklyn and Brady, and Arika Livesay and her husband, Jason Livesay, Hays, and their children, Kyle and Karsten; grandparents, RC and Delores Bullard, Columbus; four uncles: John Bullard and wife, Shanel, Columbus, Bret Bullard and wife, Ronda, Parsons, Wayne Wiebe, Fla., and Rick Hebert and wife, Julie, Dodge City; and his girlfriend, Leesa Ghumm, WaKeeney.

Austin is preceded in death by grandparents, Wanda Reno and Roger Wiebe; and great-grandparents, Bob and Thelma McIlrath.  

• A Celebration of Life Service took place Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Cross Point Hays. 

There will be a private family burial at a later date. 

The family suggest memorials to the Steve Wiebe Family. Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E 22nd Street, Hays, KS 67601 are in charge of arrangements. 

Condolences can be left at guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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