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Thomas Wesley Young

 

Wasilla resident Thomas Wesley Young, 82, died June 11, at home. A private family Memorial Service was held June 13, at Valley Funeral Home, with Robert LaRue, of Valdez, officiating. The final resting place of his remains will be scattered in the Wrangell Mountains.

Young was born March 12, 1917, in Lincoln, Neb. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1935 and he attended the University of Nebraska. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He came to Alaska in 1963, and resided in Glennallen from 1963 -1966, in Juneau from 1966 -1969, in Valdez from 1969 -1977 and in Wasilla since 1977. He had been a professional civil engineer in Nebraska and Illinois and in Alaska, working for the Alaska Department of Highways from 1963 -1974, for Mechanics Research, Inc. from 1974 -1977 and as a consultant for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough from 1979 - 1987. He retired from the State of Alaska Department of Highways in 1974.

His family wrote, "Grandpa Tom Young was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His favorite holiday was Thanksgiving, a time when the family gathered at the Young home to celebrate. A sports enthusiast, Tom was an avid football fan of the University of Nebraska. He never missed a Cornhuskers game on TV. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and he shared his creations with family members. Tom and Mildred spent many hours working in their yard and garden. He also kept up with the times, learning to use a computer and the Internet after age 75. He kept his sense of humor throughout his life never giving up on anything or anyone. He loved a good joke and a good game of pinochle. Our family has been blessed with his never ending support and encouragement throughout our lives. We miss him dearly."

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mildred; daughters and sons-in-law, Millie and Merle Alberts, and Marcell and Cliff Martin; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas A. and Laurel Young; grandchildren, Thomas Alberts and Teri Morales, of California, Brian, Aaron and Alison Young, of Anchorage, Ronelle Martin, of Fairbanks and Tina Martin, of Anchorage; and great-grandchildren, Jessica and Brittney Alberts, and Marc, John and Cecelia Morales, of California.

Arrangements were by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory of Wasilla.

Source: Frontiersman, June 23, 1999

 



 


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