William "Bill" Young, 90, of Elizabethtown, passed away in his residence at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. He was born July 12, 1923 in Weatherly, PA to the late Mabel Rosenstock Young and Elmer Young.
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Bill graduated from Weatherly High School and began Muhlenburg College in 1941. In 1942, he enlisted and served as 1st Lieutenant with the Army Air Corp in the Air Offensive Japan, on Tinian Island. He was a navigator flying 22 combat missions on B-29 aircraft and was awarded The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, 3 Battle Stars and the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two bronze oak leaf custers for a mining mission to Shimonoseki Strait, Japan flown on 9 July, 1945. Bill was then transferred to inactive reserve until 1951. During the Korean Conflict, Bill was ordered to the Judge Advocate General Department. The US Air Force granted Bill three extra days to report for duty when he explained his son Jim was only two days old and Bill had to move his family from Coudersport to Weatherly.
After graduating from Dickinson Law School in 1946, he entered a law partnership in Coudersport, PA. Bill married his former wife Pearl Richie of Weatherly, PA.
After serving as District Atttorney of Potter County, Bill was employed at Consolidated Gas Company until his retirement.
Bill will be sadly missed by his daughter Kay (Chris) Reese of Julian, PA and son Jay (Vita) Young of Allentown. His beloved granddaughters: Rachel Reese Wagoner, Sarah Reese Rendos, (Joe), Lindsay Young Schurig (Jason), Samantha Young, Katie Young and his great granddaughter Anna Rendos.
He is also survived by his sisters Florence Methlie and Betty Hittinger who reside at the Masonic Village. Bill was predeceased in 2001 by his son, Jim Young and infant grandson, James Alan Young. He was also predeceased by his brothers: John, Harvey, and Rodger.
Bill had of love of knowledge and was an avid reader. He enjoyed walking and the outdoors. Horseback riding was a favorite pastime and Bill got pleasure riding with family and friends. He looked forward each year to hunting season: in the fall, rabbit hunting with his favorite beloved beagle and in winter deer hunting. Another fall pastime was football especially watching his sons play and the Army-Navy game. (GO ARMY). One of his life long hobbies was baseball. He collected baseball cards, was a Philly fan and after his move to North Central PA he was routing for the Pirates. Bill believed playing a round of golf was a great way to spend the day. Listening to music was a pastime and over the years, Bill played trombone in different town bands. Chess was a passion and the only reason Bill ever played hookey. He played correspondence chess. He was a member of the 6th Bomb Group Association ® and enjoyed attending their reunions. When living in Coudersport, he became a member of Eulalia Lodge. Bill enjoyed traveling and was always ready to take a car trip.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 AM at the Sells Chapel in the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. A private interment will be at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Bill's family would prefer memorial remembrances be made to the Building Fund of the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Online condolences may be made at www.auergroup.com
Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.
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Published in Potter Leader-Enterprise on Feb. 26, 2014