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Youd, James  
James D. Youd Myerstown James D. Youd, 97, died Sunday, February 7, 2016, at his residence. He was the husband of Esther S. (Weaver) Good Youd, to whom he was married 15 years on October 21, 2015. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris (Thompson) Youd. Born in Bridgeport, Conn. on December 29, 1918, he was the son of the late Frederick and Helen (Raycroft) Youd. Mr. Youd was a graduate of Harding High School, Bridgeport, Conn. and earned a B.S. degree in general science at Northern Illinois State Teachers College. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II and retired as the president of the Attleboro Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Attleboro, Mass. Mr. Youd was a member of Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church, Jonestown, and Gideons International. An accomplished pianist, he had his own radio show and won a prize from Tommy Dorsey. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Dorothy, wife of Josh McDowell, of California, Sally, wife of Armin Rudd, of Annville; a son, Steve, husband of Debbie Youd, of Cape Cod, Mass.; stepdaughters, Mary Ann, wife of Dean Hoover, of Lebanon, Dorcas, wife of Rod Breckbill, of Lebanon, Marge, wife of Jim Balsbaugh, of Bethel, Rosene, wife of Ivan Martin, of Myerstown; 24 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Livingston; a brother, "Buddy" Youd; and a stepdaughter, Eunice, survived by husband Galen Clemmer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church, 600 Shepherd St., Jonestown, PA, with a visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Grose Funeral Home, Myerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Lebanon Daily News on Feb. 10, 2016
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