Walter Austin Bollen, Jr. was born on March 29, 1928 in Collinswood, Tennessee to Walter Austin Sr. and May Wilson Bollen. He lived in various towns across the south and graduated from Magazine High School in 1944. At the age of 16 he attended the University of Arkansas where he completed his engineering degree the age of 19.
From the moment he met June Rose, he was smitten. On March 17, 1950, they married in Magnolia, Arkansas at Central Baptist Church. On earth they celebrated 66 years of marriage and he rarely ever told June “no”. She would say that is what made their marriage work.
They were gifted two children through adoption. In 1956, they welcomed their son Hagen and in 1961, they brought home a daughter, Rebecca.
Austin had a love of sailboats and had spent time sailing in various lakes and oceans. He enjoyed traveling the world with June and friends. He was a committed Razorback fan and watched every sports team they had. He was an avid reader. Austin never met a project he couldn’t fix and had more tools than he ever needed. His toolbox still sits in his trunk right now.
In 1947, he began his career in engineering (something that he was very proud of). He worked at Arkansas Power and Light Company (now Entergy), Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto Company and at Great Lakes Chemical Company (now Lanxess). His biggest adventure in his career began in January 1980 and continued until his passing when he started his own company, IPSE. He worked to design new electrical systems, served as an expert witness, investigated insurance claims, designed plus installed control systems and taught electrical courses. He was one of the hardest working men who truly loved his career. Austin also proudly served in the Air Force.
Austin believed in serving others. He demonstrated his gift of service through being a deacon, participating in church committees, Civitans, teaching Sunday school and a volunteer tax accountant.
He leaves behind a legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Missing him are his children, Dr. Becky Parnell (Joe) and Hagen Bollen; grandchildren, Josh Willeford (Hillary), Katie Farrin (Rusty) and Helen Armstrong; eight great-grandchildren, Savannah, Payton, Nate and Sadie Rose Willeford, Reynolds Carter, Skip, Clara June and Walter Farrin. Austin is proceeded in death and welcomed with open arms by his wife, June Rose; mother, May Bollen; father, Walter Austin Bollen Sr.; brother, Edmond Bollen (Nancy); VonCeylle Cragan (Cecil); Leon Hagen (Carlie) and many friends.
We are also thankful for the care and love shown to Austin by his caregiver Diane Lovette, the Medical Center of South Arkansas, Lifetouch Hospice House and Dr. Greg Smart.
While we are devastated by his passing, we are overflowing with gratitude for his life. He taught us to live by serving others with our gifts and to cherish each moment with family. We miss him but know he is reunited with family, his beautiful wife and worshipping the Lord with the angels in heaven.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 5 at Young's. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 6 at Young's Chapel. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.