Milton Ray Young
Milton Ray Young, 85, passed away at St. Mary's Medical Center July 11, 2013. He was born in Evansville on April 10, 1928, at his home.
He attended Fulton Grade School and graduated from Central High School in 1947. He worked at Huffman's Grocery Store while he was in high school.
Milton began a sheet metal apprenticeship in 1947 but switched to a brick mason apprenticeship. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army
who served two years in the Korean War
. He drove tanks in the 140th Tank Battalion.
He met the love of his life, Betty, at a church program in 1948. They were married February 8, 1952, and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
After finishing his apprenticeship and working for other construction companies, he also owned his own construction company. He began working at Alcoa in 1965 as a brick mason.
Milton and his family moved to Boonville in 1969.
He was the instructor at the North High School Trade School teaching the Alcoa Bricklayers Apprenticeship program from 1974 to 1984.
He was a life member of the International Aluminum Workers Local 104.
Milton loved the river and had a river camp with his family during his younger years and owned nine different boats during his life. He loved to water ski, fish, swim and go for boat rides. During the CB craze his handle was "River Rat."
He also loved cars. The first car he bought was a 1931 Model A Ford.
Milton also loved to read books and the daily newspaper, right up until the time of his death.
He was president of the Boonville High School Band Booster's Club from 1971 to 1974. He and his wife were chaperons for the band's trip to New Orleans and the Mardi Gras in 1973.
At the time of his death he was living in Boonville with his daughter. He was a member of Bethel United Church Of Christ. For many years he was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, where he served on several committees and also served as an usher many times.
He was a member of VFW
Post 1114 and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin S. and Katie Young, Sr.; four sisters, Goldie Manz, Catherine Vessels, Emma Jane Lawrence and Mabel "Vernie" Lawrence; and his beloved nephew, Donnie Manz.
Milton is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty"; daughter, Brenda Young; grandson, Steven Kempf, of Evansville; granddaughter, Katie Kempf, of Boonville; brother, Benjamin, of Chandler; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral Service 10 a.m. Thursday July 18, 2013, at Koehler Funeral Home Boonville Chapel. Burial in Nobles Chapel Cemetery near Elberfeld with military rites by the Warrick County Veteran Memorial Services.
Friends may call from 2 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at Koehler Funeral Home Boonville Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the DAV Memorial Program P.O. Box 1431 Cincinnati, OH. or Bethel United Church of Christ.
Condolences and any special remembrances may be made online at www.koehlerfuneralhome.com