Dorcas C. DeYoung

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Dorcas C. DeYoung

Dorcas C. DeYoung, 91, of West Lafayette, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus. Born October 12, 1921 on a farm in Benton County, IN, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Amelia L. (Kyle) Dexter. She graduated from Gilboa Township School in Benton County and the Home Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her Registered Nursing degree. Dorcas was married to P. John DeYoung in Miami, FL on August 12, 1943, and he preceded her in death by just 30 days on March 29, 2013. In 1952, Dorcas was instrumental in the formation of a kindergarten in the Redkey Presbyterian Church. Dorcas was a R.N., working at Home Hospital for 21 years, first as a OB nurse, then as a prenatal parent education instructor. She retired as Director of Parent Education in 1979. She served as President of the Home Hospital Alumni Association. She was active in the Ladies Aid Society of the Lafayette Christian Reformed Church and in the Ladies Circle of the Lafayette Christian School. She was an active volunteer with Love, Inc. She also volunteered with unwed mothers. Dorcas was a founding member of Sunrise Christian Reformed Church. In her later years, she was a member of the Westminster Village residents council, where she volunteered as a reader to vision impaired residents. She enjoyed reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Surviving are three sons: David (wife, Susan) De-Young, of West Lafayette, Jim DeYoung and Mark (wife, Jill) DeYoung, both of Lafayette, five grandchildren: Brody DeYoung, Colby DeYoung, Star Plantenga, Clay DeYoung and Evan DeYoung, and 3 great-grandchildren: Ava & Logan DeYoung and Addie Plantenga. Also surviving are 4 sisters: Faye Brust, Ina Stitz, Lois Patterson, Betty McIntosh and one brother, Max Dexter. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and brother, Don Dexter, and sisters Martha Graf, Norma Childers, and Ruby McConahay.

A memorial service will be held at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church, 909 E. 500 South, Thursday, May 2, at 4:00 p.m. after visitation with the family at the church beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lafayette Christian School or to the Sunrise Christian Reformed Church. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share Memories and condolences online at

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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 30, 2013