Donald D. Young, 78, of Bellevue, died tragically, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in an automobile accident in Marion County, Ohio.
Don was born Dec. 27, 1934, in Fort Wayne, Ind., son of the late Fremont and Hazel (Dager) Young. A 1952 graduate of Elmhurst High School, he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a tank gunner, after which he attended Indiana University International Business College in Fort Wayne.
He was then employed at Wayne Knitting Mills and the Magnavox Company for whom he transferred to Madison, Ohio, in 1969 and to Shelby in 1973. He was also employed as a sales manager for the Carton Service Company, Towmotor, Don Coburn in Ashland, and Tappan in Mansfield, Ohio. He retired in January 2005 from MTD in Willard.
Don most recently resided in the Mary Lay Home at Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue where he served in several church ministries and took pride in maintaining and beautifying the Shrine grounds. He loved fishing and sports, especially watching his children and grandchildren participate. Don served as an usher and lay distributor for many years for the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby and also served as president of the St. Mary’s School Board. He was also a member of the Red Cross Board in Shelby.
Don is survived by his wife, Sandra (Girardot) Young, of Shelby; three sons; three daughters; and 13 grandchildren, Christopher (Joan) Young, of Blacklick, Ohio, and children, Elizabeth, Audrey and Abby; Carter (Carrie) Young, of Westerville, Ohio, and children, Matt and Nick; Scott (Traci) Young, of Valparaiso, Ind., and children, Keenan and Cydney; Karen (Randy) Hay, of Bellevue, and children, Daniel and Shana; Amy (Tim) Strauss, of Macedonia, Ohio, and children, Logan and Lauren; Linda Young, of Shelby, and children, Maggie and Hayden Gray. Survivors also include a sister, Ruth Kurtz, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; a sister-in-law; nieces and nephews.
Friends are welcome 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby, where a rosary service will be recited at 7:45 p.m., and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby with the Rev. Gene Wilson, C.PP.S., celebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Diabetes Association or Sorrowful Mother Shrine.
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