Michael David Austin “Austin8r”, 41, of Loves Park, Illinois passed away suddenly Nov. 7, 2015 at Rockford Memorial Hospital.\r\r\n\r\r\nMike was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, the son of James E. Austin and Kathleen Samaniego on August 15, 1974. He graduated from East High School in 1992. He worked as a machinist for Micro 15 Grinding, Inc. for 21 years and was recently employed at Ropal Grinding, Inc. Mike enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, camping, motorcycling, cookouts & ping pong. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially his children.\r\r\n\r\r\nMike is survived by his wife Amber (Speas) Austin; parents James (Patricia) Austin and Kathleen (Adrian) Samaniego; children Gianni Austin and Arianna Austin; brothers Jamie Floyd Austin, Raymond Zwiger and Joshua Green; sister Beverly Zwiger.; nephews Michael Austin, Justin Lewis, Jr.; in-laws Gary “Pete” and Lou Ann Speas and sister-in-law Andria Speas.\r\r\n\r\r\nA visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2015 at McCorkle Funeral Home – Rockton Chapel, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd. Rockton, Illinois.