Austin Bietka

Austin Tyler Bietka, 31, formerly of Leavenworth, died, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was born Sept. 13, 1984, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Michael Dale Bietka and Donna Jo (Farmer) Tompkins.

Austin Bietka

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Austin moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

He leaves behind to grieve his passing, his mother; a brother, Miles Bietka; his step-father, Bill Tompkins; an aunt, Diana Hartley; three uncles, Mark Bietka, Tim (Deb) Bietka and Randy Vossmer; three cousins, Bryon Quinley, Ciara Hartley and Keeton Hartley; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least, Zack Young and all of Austin’s island family, his Leavenworth buddies and all he has touched throughout his life.

Austin was preceded in death by his father; a grandmother, Shirley Vossmer; and a great-grandmother, Martha Ellen “Nano” Custer.

He enjoyed life with a most contagious spirit. There was no one Austin met that he didn’t give a great big laugh followed by one of his wonderful bear hugs.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.