ELKHORN, Wis. – David Robert Young, 45, of Elkhorn, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, as the result of a tragic maintenance accident in Whitewater, Wis.
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Dave was born on June 26, 1967, in Woodstock. He was the son of David R. and the late Mary Lou (Courier) Young. On Jan. 6, 1991, Dave was united in marriage to Renee J. Boutelle in Jamaica.
Dave was a sleep products industry expert, starting his career in the industry in 1985, as the general manager of a Verlo Mattress Factory Stores franchise. He always maintained that most of his experience came from running his own companies.
As an entrepreneur from the age of 21, Dave owned and operated more than a dozen companies, from coffee shops and medical pillow manufacturing to real estate and retail. Some of those businesses and titles include CEO / co-founder, VyMaC Corporation; managing member of both VyMaC Ventures LLC and VyMaC Properties LLP; president of Ostermoor & Company Inc.; and previously, president of Verlo Mattress Factory Stores LLC. Dave also was a member of the International Sleep Products Association, as well as the Better Sleep Council.
Dave was a talented leader, with a gift for pushing people out of their comfort zones in an effort to create excellence.
There are many top-level management professionals in a variety of industries who got their start under his persistent tutelage. He was an extremely driven individual who had high expectations for the work product of those around him, and a high level of respect for those who delivered.
Dave was a very loving and devoted husband, father, brother and son. He enjoyed traveling and boating with his family. He believed his kids were more than slightly exceptional, boasting that they could "hang" with anyone, and handle any situation with better sense and grace than most adults.
Dave is survived by his wife of 21 years, Renee; his three children, Cord, Chase and Chloe, all of Elkhorn; his parents, David (Lannie) Young of Johnsburg; and his brother, James (Becky) Young of Oswego. Dave is further survived by nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his mother, Mary Lou.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday July 19, at Hasse-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home, 730 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Scott McLeod officiating.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be given to an educational fund that has been established for his children at Peoples Bank, in care of The Young Children Memorial Fund, 837 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn WI 53121.
For information, call the funeral home at 262-279-5933.
Published in the Northwest Herald on July 18, 2012