Clyde L. Young

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DRUMS — Clyde L. Young, 82, of 560 W. Butler Drive, died Sunday at Hazleton General Hospital.

Born in Drums on April 21, 1926, he was a son of the late Ransom N. and Edna (Hinkle) Young.

He was a lifelong Drums resident.

Clyde was a 1944 graduate of Hazleton High School, where he had been enrolled in the vocational-technical program.

He was self-employed as a farmer his entire life, having worked his land through this past June, and he had planned to do so again this season.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association, and most recently president of the Hazleton Barbershop Chorus.

In past years, Clyde was member of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, the Luzerne County Conservation District Commission, and the Penn State Co-operative Extension Committee, and served on both the Butler Township Planning Commission and the Zoning Board.

A simple man who lived close to nature, Clyde thoroughly enjoyed farming and watching plants and animals grow.

He dearly loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, the former L. Joanne Fry; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Rachael S. Mollath and husband Russell of Kannapolis, N.C., Claire Ellen Young of Temple, and Judy Nisbet and husband Alec of Fairfax, Va.; a son, Ransom S. Young and wife Deborah of Drums; 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Whitebread of Lewisburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his brother Norman Young.


YOUNG — Clyde L. Young, 82, of 560 W. Butler Drive, Drums. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Butler Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 530 W. Butler Drive, Drums, with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth O. Brown, a family friend and former pastor, presiding. Burial will follow at Drums Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the Butler Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial contributions to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 335 W. Butler Drive, Drums 18222, or to the , 71 N. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre 18701. To sign the memorial guest book, visit the funeral home Web site at
Published in The News Item on Feb. 18, 2009
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