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Robert Berryhill (Bob) Young


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Robert Berryhill (Bob) Young Obituary

Robert Berryhill (Bob) Young of Collins Lake, CA passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 84, full of peace, fully loved, and full of Life; surely, if ever a life was lived fully, his was. He embraced eternal Life in Christ, sharing Christ's love with others, so that fullness remains in him even now and flourishes beyond him.

Born on April 25, 1933 to Edgar Berryhill and Jane White Young, his family soon moved from Swarthmore, PA to Chevy Chase, Washington DC, where he lived until age 12, when his family relocated to Summit, NJ.

His parents and grandparents nurtured him in strong character, independence, and a spirit of adventure through experiences such as Camp Red Cloud, where he learned to sail, and the World Peace Boy Scout Jamboree in France, to which he travelled alone at age 14 as a scout and a newspaper correspondent.

He attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he met & married Mary Jane (MJ) Parker, a student at neighboring Mt Holyoke College. Graduating with a B.A. in Economics, he moved to Detroit, MI, to begin work for the Ford Motor Co. There he collaborated with the poet Marianne Moore to develop a name for Ford's newest vehicle, which, ignoring their joint advice, Ford named the "Edsel."

Later, he joined the Coast Guard as an officer stationed in Seattle, WA. Bob was both enterprising and creative. While in Seattle, he wrote a book of navigational charts of Puget Sound, self-published and self-marketed locally in his off time. With the proceeds, he bought his first boat, the Vagrant, in which he, MJ and their firstborn infant, Jody, happily explored the local waterways. He also enjoyed woodworking, crafting fine furniture and imaginative mobiles, which were sold in a Manhattan gallery.

After his service, he moved to Palo Alto, CA, where he began his career as a researcher for Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and continued growing his family. His job involved extensive world travel and eventually led him to work on "loan" from SRI to the Ford Foundation as an economic adviser to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). So, in 1964 he moved his family of seven halfway around the world to live in East, and then later, West Pakistan.

He and his family traversed the globe, exploring especially South and Southeast Asia, the Far East, Africa and Europe, surviving earthquakes, cyclones, floods, three Indo-Pak wars and a revolution. Adoptions from Korea, Vietnam and Bangladesh added to his family. His love of family and adventure was shared joyously and lived out to the fullest. Together they clambered the ruins at Angkor Wat, tracked Bengal tigers in the Sunderbunds, swam the South China Sea, followed cheetahs in the Ngorongoro Crater, and hiked the Himalayas and the Alps. Bob worked hard, played hard, loved generously, and explored far and wide, giving his family the world as their oyster.

After the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, he moved his family back to California and launched the family business, Pineland Development Corporation and Collins Lake Recreation Area in Oregon House, CA, a beautifully developed lake and campground that thrives today, under the direction of a second and third generation of the Young family.

During his 45 years at Collins Lake, Bob embraced Loma Rica Community Church as his beloved church "family." He served Christ faithfully within his church and served his friends and large family through diligent provision, shared adventure, loving encouragement, and wise counsel. He was very proud of his bountiful and diverse family, gleefully taking his grandchildren on many "Grandpa Bob" adventures.

Always the adventurer, Bob continued travelling as much as he could all his life, exploring Patagonia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Alaska, the Caribbean, and his favorite, Israel. Purposefully, he passed on to his ever-expanding family his spirit of adventure and his zeal for travel and a life fully lived.

But the most important legacy he bestowed, the one dearest to his heart, was his love and devotion to Christ, and his wish for all to come to know, love and serve Him. He faithfully served his risen Savior, who is in the world today. He knew that He was living, whatever men may say. At Easter, it is tradition to say "He Lives!" To which Bob always did, and does now, respond enthusiastically, "He Lives, indeed!"

He is survived by his brother Peter (Ellen) Young and his children: Robert (Theresa) Palma, Jody (Steve) Jakosa, Barton Young, Sarah (Ivan) Houser, Lincoln (Ann) Young, Tom (Margo) Young, Laurie (Peter) Puglia, and his 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is planned at Loma Rica Community Church at 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 16, 2017
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