The Austin Francis Shute Guestbook
If you would like to add anything to the guestbook,
please e-mail joe@joedimino.com

Thank you.

November 20, 2007 4:17 pm

 

Name:

Steve Moriarty

Comments:

Oops! I told you I'm a terrible typist. That word in the next-to-last line of my previous message should be "baffle".

 

November 20, 2007 4:14 pm

 

Name:

Steve Moriarty

Comments:

Austin: I've got some stories, too, but most of them are too long to type hunt-and-peck. Here's a short one: I was always impressed that there was a sign on the back of your office door, and when you had seated a client and closed the door, it was above their head as you talked to them. It said: "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, bafflr them with bullshit." I tell that one to all my lawyer friends.

 

December 22, 2006 5:02 pm

 

Name:

Kurt Marquart

Comments:

When I graduated from law school and got an office in Suite 500, the first thing Austin did for me was get me appointed to a federal drug conspiracy case that went to trial in front of Judge Stevens. In the middle of the trial Austin slipped into the back of the courtroom to watch. As soon as Judge Stevens saw him he stopped the witness' testimony to inquire if Austin needed anything. After Austin assured him that he was just there to observe, the judge allowed the witness to continue. Prior to that Austin had portrayed himself as a humble practitioner. That was the beginning of a great collaboration between Austin and myself that has lasted through his retirement. Almost everywhere I go people ask about Austin. It continues to be my pleasure to call Austin my friend.

 

December 22, 2006 2:19 pm

 

Name:

Harvey L Harris

Comments:

I became acquainted with Mr. Shute at the YMCA water exercise program. We had several interesting (to me) conversations and we began exchanging E mails. We differed on some subjects (I am retired Law enforcement) but always in a friendly way. I wish him the best in the future.

 

December 23, 2006 12:14 pm

 

Name:

Carrie Beth

Comments:

Daddy, Hopefully we'll keep this site exciting for you! You are such an amazing man and have always been such an inspiration to me as a professional and as a husband to mom. I love reading through your old articles and letters. We are now the official story keepers! Those of you who visit come back for some exciting podcasts in the near future...

 

December 24, 2006 2:28 am

 

Name:

Jeff and Shannon

Comments:

Dad - what a wonderful way for us to portray your memory for generations to come! Someday - Nick will be old and grey...sitting with his great grandchild on his knee telling him or her all about your wonderful legacy...and have this site to bring those stories to life. We love you!

 

  December 29, 2006 4:39 pm

 

Name:

Judy Teiwes

Comments:

Austin-this is actually very interesting and very well done. You just left out the story of how your shoes (or was it your socks) got thrown into the fire while Bill & I were visiting. You've accomplished a lot!

 

December 27, 2006 1:29 pm

 

Name:

Sam

Comments:

Austin, It's a wonder what children do for us!! Isn't it? But what would we do without them? Always keeping us on our toes. But yours are some wonderful ones to be on. May all of your friends get as much enjoyment out of these pages as I know they are. And even more so, as all of your past accomplishments have added to this wonderful world. God bless.

 

January 2, 2007 1:14 pm

 

Name:

Melanie Zimmer

Comments:

I absolutely Love this web page! The pictures of the Shute Family are priceless! And the history of Austin's life and work are a tribut to a wonderful guy & friend!


 

February 5, 2008 8:06 pm

 

Name:

Bonnie (Cooper) Shepher

Comments:

Judy, Shannon and Carrie..so sorry to read of Austin's passing. Its been many years since I have seen any of you but have always kept all of you in my thoughts. My prayers our with you all. Bonnie

 

February 5, 2008 8:24 pm

 

Name:

Jeremy Radford

Comments:

Mr. Shute is a testiment to HOPE. His impact on his children, clients, colleagues, friends, and distant acquaintances, like me, is proof of that.

Mr. Shute,
It was an honor to stand guard at your wake. You and your family will remain in my prayers.
. . . and may perpetual light shine upon him.

 

February 7, 2007 3:15 pm

 

Name:

Karen Hall-Gist

Comments:

I first met Austin in 1966. I consider Austin a friend and my lawyer (on a few occasions)! You've always been there when I needed you (although you did introduce me to my first husband and that was a flop!) I'll forgive that. You're still my friend and I love the website!

 

February 7, 2008 2:24 pm

 

Name:

T. Sheehan (Kansas City, MO)

Comments:

I knew Mr. Shute professionally for several decades, and he was always one of my very favorite attorneys.

I am betting that he composed his own eloquent and apt obituary. The only thing I would disagree with is this sentence: "Austin was never a great lawyer, but always a good one." In my humble opinion, he was
a great lawyer. He served his clients well, always with the most wonderful disposition and a great sense of humor. He was always generous and reasonable and never mean-spirited or petty.

 

February 7, 2008 2:23 pm

 

Name:

Shelly Messick (Admitting Rep @ KU Med Center)

Comments:

I want to express my condolences on the loss of your husband,father Austin. May he rest in peace. May God watch over each of you & help you thru your time of grief.

 

February 7, 2008 2:14 pm

 

Name:

Christy (Katzer) Nunn

Comments:

Austin definitely did lots of pro-bono work, he also accepted gifts. He represented me when I was barely 16 and had my first accident. My case was in early November so he said just get me a turkey as payment......a wild one! That was the first bottle of Wild Turkey I ever gave to an attorney. I never found another attorney who would accept that as payment.

Austin will be missed by many!! My thoughts are with you all.

 

February 7, 2008 2:12 pm

 

Name:

Sly James

Comments:

Judy and Family,
Austin played a HUGE role in my young life and, although I am truly saddened by his passing, I know that he will live on in the results of his good deeds and untameable spirit.

 

February 7, 2008 2:12 pm

 

Name:

Lisa W.

Comments:

Thanks MUCH
from another one of those "hippies" who now has advanced degrees in order to help others in their times of need.

 

February 7, 2008 2:31 pm

 

Name:

Marge Griff (Kansas City, MO)

Comments:

Judy, as you well know your husband was loved and appreciated by many. It is comforting to know that he is now at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

 

February 7, 2008 2:31 pm

 

Name:

Wendy Wanashko (Lee's Summit, MO)

Comments:

Judy, Carrie and Shannon-

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up next door to you. I especially remember Austin and Peter sitting for hours together on your back porch by your pond. You were so sweet to have bought Peter his little chair to sit in.

With love-
Wendy (Frizzell) Wanashko

 

February 7, 2008 2:27 pm

 

Name:

Frank Ruisinger (Kansas city, MO)

Comments:

I Thought A Lot Of Austin He was Always So Nice.He Made Me Laugh Always See You In Heaven Someday Tell My Dad Hi see you someday

 

February 7, 2008 2:11 pm

 

Name:

Mark and Doris Fountain

Comments:

To Judy and family.
Our love and prayer's are with you and your family. Austin was a good person and respected. One never had to worry about how he felt about a person.

 

February 7, 2008 1:53 pm

 

Name:

Karen

Comments:

I realized I put my first comment in exactly 1 year ago today, but Austin was still around then. He will be missed by many, many people. He was a terrific person and he was always there when you needed him. His funeral & wake were touching, funny, interesting--everything he was. The website & interview are great & a nice tribute to a wonderful man.

 

February 7, 2008 2:16 pm

 

Name:

Karen Anderson O'Dell (Kansas City, MO)

Comments:

Austin helped me out through all the bumps in road I encountered. I would never get out of his office without a lecture to 'stay out of trouble' or 'I don't want to see you in here again' or 'send me someone who can pay me'. I wouild leave scared and relieved at the same time but it was always worth it and I will always remember him. Now I really have to stay out of trouble.

 

February 7, 2008 2:16 pm

 

Name:

Michelle Boisseau

Comments:

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family. I hope that in the difficult time to come your sadness will be lightened a little by your memories of your father's zest for life. Your beauty, kindness, and warmth I know will be a great source of strenghth for your family during in the days ahead of you.

 

February 7, 2008 2:15 pm

 

Name:

Melinda, RN (KU Medical Center CICU)

Comments:

Judy and Family,

I would like to personally express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Myself, as well as the other nurses at KU Med in the CICU were so saddened to hear of Mr. Shute's passing. He truly was a great man and will be missed.

We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

 

February 7, 2008 2:26 pm

 

Name:

Tonia Harris (Overland Park, KS)

Comments:

Aunt Judy,
I am so sorry that he is gone. He was loved by so many and loved so many that he will be missed deeply. He is with my father and grandfather now and they will make sure he is well taken care of. I love you all

 

February 7, 2008 2:19 pm

 

Name:

BOB LAMPSON (KC, MO)

Comments:

BARBARA AND I WERE VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT AUSTIN.WE HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF THE TRIPS WE TOOK TOGETHER.WHO CAN FORGET SITTING ON THE STAGE AT THE REDD FOX SHOW.

 

February 7, 2008 2:18 pm

 

Name:

John Crisp & Family (Kansas City, MO)

Comments:

Judy & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Austin was a very good man and a great attorney. I can still remember when you all where expecting Austin Jr. Man that has been so many years ago. I also remember You and Austin turning me on too Smoke Stack BBQ when I was only about 10 years old. I am sure that Austin will be talking up a storm with my mom and dad. If there is anything I can do for any of you please don't hesitate in letting me know.

 

February 7, 2008 2:22 pm

 

Name:

Mary Roach (KANSAS CITY, MO)

Comments:

Judy and Family,
I am very sorry for your lost. Austin was certainly a very interesting individual. I enjoyed my stent on the PMC with him and always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

February 7, 2008 2:22 pm

 

Name:

SUSAN (CLEVELAND, MO

Comments:

THANK YOU FROM ONE OF THOSE HIPPIES!

 

February 7, 2008 2:21 pm

 

Name:

Pat Howe (Kansas City, MO)

Comments:

Dear Judy, Carrie. Shannon,family
We are sorry to learn of Austin,s passing. Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.
Pat & Gary

 

February 10, 2008 3:33 pm

 

Name:

Jean OBrien

Comments:

Judi and family,
I has been many years since I have seen you, however you and Austin were always there in my heart, as your kindness to myself and the children has never been forgotten. I was very sorry to hear of Autin's moving on to the 'big courtroom'. I am sure that he is enjoying arguing points of law with the greats who have gone before him. I sent my condolences and will treasure the moments that I enjoyed your company. Just know that he has gone on and is creating a big beacon so that you will be able find him. Lots of Love, Jesnie OBrien

 

February 11, 2008 8:02 pm

 

Name:

Pat Brady

Comments:

So sorry to hear about Austin. We had a lot of fun times at Siesta Key, and got to watch Carrie and Shannon grow up and have children also. Also Mom keeping the pillows and fishing rod until you came back each year. Austin is going to be missed. My deepest sympathy. Pat

 

February 11, 2008 7:35 pm

 

Name:

Sam and Janice Setting

Comments:

We found out that we lost a friend today. Didn't get to see him as often as we would have liked, but we will cherish the time that we did have at Siesta Key. We laughed and shared family stories during our famous fish fries and beach walks. Janice, Bradley, Lindsey and I will all miss you. You will not be forgotten by the Setting family. Thanks for all the good times.

 

February 12, 2008 10:53 am

 

Name:

Jude

Comments:

Hey Baby - We have a helluva ride for 37 years, didn't we? The trips we made all over the world will always bring back so many memories. Most of stories I could tell about you are really not printable here - or anywhere else for that matter. This morning I was watching the bird in your chair where you always ate breakfast. I just knew one of those birds was you smiling at me - and I am sure it must have been the
woodpecker! You don't need to worry, I am sure all the kids will keep a close eye on me, and keep me on the straight and narrow all the time. My heart aches for you, but I know know you would expect me to "put on my big girl panties" and get on with life, and I will - just for you. Thank you for being my love all these years - and for our children, all of whom loved you so much. Jude

 

February 12, 2008 5:14 pm

 

Name:

Christy Russell (MAC)

Comments:

I have only known Austin in the last couple of years of his life but I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know him! This is a wonderful website and tribute to him! Judy- he is the woodpecker looking in the window at you in the mornings! He will always be "just checking in on you"-
He will be missed by many!

 

February 14, 2008 3:18 pm

 

Name:

Roger Fife, RN

Comments:

I just read the very nice tribute to Austin in the KC Star. I had the pleasure of meeting and caring for Austin when he was hospitalized at Kansas University Hospital. We shared several nights together (I am a night shift RN in the CICU). What wonderful stories he told me about his long career!
I'll remember him, for sure. I hope he got to have the "lobster dinner" he was so looking forward to having when he got out of the hospital. Please accept my condolences for the loss of this remarkable man.

Roger Fife, RN

 

February 14, 2008 3:18 pm

 

Name:

Sandy Smith

Comments:

Mr.Shute made me keep him on retainer for 2-years after helping me to win two cases in KC,MO for very serious crimes that I was not responsible. He said that I could call him at any time unless I was in jail after midnight.
I never called anytime but business hours. He was my friend. All the best to family and friends.
Thanks for the memories.

 

February 15, 2008 1:19 pm

 

Name:

Dan Willig

Comments:

Mike...I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, I remember when we worked together at the BOP in Leavenworth you spoke proudly of your dad. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Best Regards
An Old Colleague
Dan

 

February 15, 2008 10:10 am

 

Name:

Marilyn Coley

Comments:

To the creater of this website: What a great history you have created for your family and future generations. I applaud your efforts. Job well done!!

And thanks for sharing.

 

February 20, 2008 7:25 pm

 

Name:

nick shute

Comments:

Grandpa austin was such a great man i knew him very well. i used to come over every weekend to spend time with him and grandma. we always used to go on vacations every summer to branson it was so much fun, i will always miss his. . . Anti shortcuts he used to make which ended up taking twice the time to get to where we were going. grandpa would always tell me stories from when he was young like the wise fisherman stories and stories from the war. you know he would usualy tell me the same exact story at least once every three stories but i never told him i just sat and listened and we talked about them. we would always watch movies together which was always fun to listen to him complain and whine about how crappy the actors were. =) Grandpa Austin was a great man and one to be remembered, he helped alot of people in his life and made alot of changes for alot of people and he will be deeply missed by all

 

February 21, 2008 4:15 pm

 

Name:

Jude

Comments:

Hey There, Aus: You always used to say, "Who will tell the stories when I'm gone?" Well, it looks to me like your son-in-law, Joseph, is doing a great job of telling the stories with this webstite. Your memory will stay with us for many years because of this site. And, what great things people have to say about you - all of which you deserve. Miss you, baby!

 

May 3, 2010 7:52 pm

 

Name:

Nick Shute

Comments:

grandpa, its been a long time since i or anyone has posted anything...well...i'm not sure what to say grandpa. I'm sorry... i know you must be so upset and disappointed in me...I tried i really did, but im not going to graduate on time... im so sorry grandpa. I promise im going to get my diploma i promise you that...I miss you so much.. im actually crying for the first time in a long time right now. I really wish you could be here and meet my new girlfriend, her name is Nastaja Czarnopys I really think you would like her, she is sweet and fun unlike sam. but im thinking about you grandpa. i really miss you.

May 19, 2010 1056: pm

 

Name:

Rosie

Comments:

This note is from Rose Trujillo (formerly Burnett). I recently heard of your loss and wanted to express my heartfelt sympathy to Judy, Carrie, Shannon and other family members. I remember Austin to be a kind, creative, humorous, and fair man who truly was his brotherís keeper regardless of status, color, or gender. I believe Austin was one rare individual who genuinely cared about his fellow human beings.

When I picture Austin, I see him with an ornery little grin and with his dear wife Judy and his little girls, Carrie and Shannon. Austin made a good and loving life for those he loved and it showed in his beautiful daughters. I remember one story that he told me, his neighbor of long ago. He described how he purchased his house in Birchwood and said that the deal was struck based on a handshake. I never forgot this story as to me it spoke of a man who sought the best in other people and believed in honor.

To Austinís family; I am so very sorry for your loss but if there is ever a life that can be celebrated, it is surely Austinís. You and yours are in my prayers.

 

July 27, 2010 12:42: pm

 

Name:

Karen Hall-Gist

Comments:

I was so glad to see the website was still there. I first visited a year before Austin died. Shannon told me about it and I was so pleased to see such a terrific tribute to Austin. Now itís even more important to keep it open and active. Austin is part of so many peopleís lives and a big part of the history of Kansas City itself. I love checking the Guest Book and contributing to it and checking the photos articles.
 

May 21, 2011 1:15: am

 

Name:

Carrie Dimino

Comments:

Dad, They say the rapture is tomorrow and I'm in the middle of a really good book. So just to be on the safe side I'm going to stay up all night and read and check in on the children and my sleeping husband. I've already checked in with Mom and she is certain she will remain on earth with me but kind of longs to be up there with you; she really misses you.

I've tried to do by her what you asked but the woman is hard to get through once she makes her mind up, ya know? Since you left we got a little screened in porch which we love so much and I am writing you from there on a thing called an I-Pad. It is basically a wireless small computer that is very small and can do anything BUT FLASH which is another conversation. It is supposed to rain and is muggy but cool enough, wish you could see it.

Jon Land Just came out with the second Caitlan Strong series and it is really good. Books have been lousy since you died. I know they would start to mean nothing if I had no one to talk to them about. I have started to read some of your old sea stories. One in particular I can't put down is about the Essex out of Salam. Sounds pretty intense and I can't really imagine you out there on a whaler when the dad I knew preferred first class!!!

Well just in case you know I like to cover my bases...I got everything down here under control, moms pets and all your money and stuff....There are a lot of people next door at the I hop praying reverently for what I am not sure. Hope you had a happy birthday. Thought of you lots.


OH! Zen got inducted into the Junior National Honor Society this week!!!!!! He is going with SN to Fla for two weeks...so grateful she is willing to take him but wish we could go as well. Maybe next year. Joe and I are doing special Olympics this year and leading miles' team. I think it will be great.

Love you out there Dad!!!!!