April 1, 2020 Bill Young

Bill Young, 91
Private Family Graveside Services for Bill Young, age 91, of Lenox, who passed away Monday, March 23,, 2020 will be held at the North Fairvuiew Cemetery in Lenox. Open visitation will be held Tuesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. There will be no family present during visitation due to COVID-19. We ask that you make your visit brief and help us limit occupancy to 10 people. Memorials may be given in Bill’s name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
William (Bill) Young was born on October 27, 1928 on a farm near Lenox, IA to Charles and Ida Young. Bill went home to be with the Lord and closer to his late wife, Roberta, on March 23 rd . His spirit is carried on by their 2 sons, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and dear friends. During his time with us, Bill performed countless acts of service for others. We can’t remember a time when he ever told someone no. His service to others included being stationed in Germany with the Army during the Korean War, church ministries (especially soup suppers!), decorating the Lenox Park at Christmas, mowing lawns, calling Bingo numbers, climbing ladders to change light bulbs or pretty much anything someone needed – even chasing bats out of houses. His love for serving others would light up the room almost as bright as he lit up the park at Christmas time with all those lights!
Family was one of the joys of his life. Ours started when Bill married Roberta in January 1956. Bill worked hard to provide for his family but he also made sure to take time to create special memories with us too. Some of our favorite memories include playing cards, putting together puzzles, helping him in his shop with woodworking, attending the rodeo and of course making popcorn and homemade ice cream. Nothing was better than hearing the popcorn popping or being the one who got to choose what flavor of ice cream we made! As long as he had family around him, Bill was happy.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Bill during his 91 years but the one that sticks out the most is to make sure to love and care for those most important to you. Family was the most important thing to Bill and we will hold him and what he has taught us in our hearts until we are able to reunite with him.
Bill is preceded in death by wife Roberta and his three sons Jackie, Jeffery and Roger.
He is survived by Ed and wife Donna Young, Gary and wife Wendy Young, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
When gatherings are allowed again,
we look forward to holding a celebration of life
and loving on people just like Bill taught us to.
Until then, please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers
as we are adjusting to life without the rock of our family.

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