A memorial service for James L. Young of Bradenton will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015, at 11:00 AM at Water's Edge of Bradenton, 2015 32nd Ave W, Bradenton. James L. Young, age 96, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 8, 2015 in Bradenton. He was born on the family farm on October 12, 1919, in Level Corner, Pennsylvania, to George G. and Lulu (Bardo) Young. A 1937 graduate of Jersey Shore (PA) High School, he was the president of the Future Farmers of America in his senior year. After graduation he worked for Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven while attending Williamsport Tech. In 1941, James married the late Bernice Rose (Taylor) Young of Antes Fort, PA, who was the mother of his two daughters, the late Darlene R. Rebstock and Joyce L. Young. During World War II, from 1943-1946, he honorably served in the United States Navy in the Pacific. He was with the 7th Air Fleet aboard the USS Atlanta serving as an AM3C aviation metalsmith. In the early 1950's, the family moved to Binghamton, New York, and then to Endwell, NY, where he spent his entire career at the Ansco/GAF Corporation as a project design engineer. Holding many patents, he played a key role in the design and development of auto pilots and copying machines. Jim was active as a Sunday School Superintendent, a deacon, and served on numerous committees at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Binghamton, and later at Bethel Baptist Church in Vestal, NY. After 38 years of marriage, his beloved Bernice went home to be with the Lord in 1980. In 1982, he met and married Mary Emery Furch of Binghamton. They moved to the Bradenton, Florida area where he continued to serve as Sunday School Superintendent at New Hope Baptist Church, as the president of the home owners' association at Country Lakes II, as president of the neighborhood crime watch coalition, and, along with Mary, as cruise coordinators. For the past four years, they have resided at Waters Edge in Bradenton. They were married for 33 happy years. In addition to Mary, survivors include his daughter Joyce of Elyria, OH and his son-in-law Ernest C. Rebstock (Sue) of Ruskin, FL and Ft. Erie, Ontario. Four grandchildren, Heidi (Mark) Birtwistle of St. Davids, PA; Erik (Linda) Rebstock of Medford, NJ; Joely (Mike) Thomas Wilkinson of Sydney, Australia; Drew (Joanne) of Deerfield, IL and North Africa. Seven great-grandchildren Alexa, Erika, Maxwell, Jackson, Thomas, Kate, and Madelynne. Survivors also include his brothers John H. of Jersey Shore and George G. (Gerry) of Greenville, SC; sister Margaret E. Davenport of Williamsport; brother-in- law Pete Weikle of Linden, Doris Taylor of Harrisburg, PA, and numerous nieces and nephews. Additional survivors include Mary's six children: Bill (Lynne) Furch of Page Lake, PA; Jim (Susan) Furch of Binghamton; George (Carlene) Furch of Candor, NY; Dale (Angela) Furch of Binghamton; Carol (Jay) Walden of Upland, CA; Fran Furch of Macedon, NY. Eleven step-grandchildren Greg, Cheri, Julie, Andrea, Jason, Kristen, Lauren, Michael, Bethany, Caleb, and Robert. Eight step-great grandchildren, Jackie, Gianna, Sammy, Kyle, Colin, Lucy, Garrett, and Francesca. He was preceded in death by his first wife Bernice; daughter Darlene; brother and sister-in -law Charles and Ella Young; sister Eleanor Weikle; sister-in-law Millie Young; and brother-in-law Galen Davenport. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, keeping a daily diary for over 50 years, reading, gardening, butterflies, cruises, biking, summer picnics at Ansco Lake and horseshoes. A faithful follower of Jesus Christ, he was devoted to his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend; a listener and an advisor. Funeral services were held November 18 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jersey Shore, PA, followed by burial with full Military Honors at the Jersey Shore Cemetery. The Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home of Jersey Shore was in charge of the arrangements. Donations can be made in Jim's memory to the ministry of Drew and Joanne (Jim's grandson) at pioneers.org/give, account #112107.
Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home Ltd
1002 Allegheny St
Jersey Shore, PA 17740
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Dec. 17, 2015