Nicholas J. "Nick" Young, 87, and his wife, Anna Mae (Elvin) Young, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 30, in their home on Welsh Road in Hometown. They had been married for 64 years.
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Nick was born in Pottsville, a son of the late Nicholas J. and Ethel (Brode) Young.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in World War II. As a member of the 330th Field Artillery Battalion, he served during the Battle of the Bulge, where he was captured and held as a Prisoner of War by the German Army.Upon his release, Nick returned home to finish his degree in education at East Stroudsburg Teacher's College, graduating in 1949, and began a career in education. He was a guidance counselor and basketball coach for the Tamaqua Area School District. His career with the district spanned 41 years. He earned his masters degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1964.
- He was a 1942 graduate of Tamaqua High School and attended Kutztown College.
A well-known radio and sports personality, Nick called both high school football and basketball games for many years on WMGH and WLSH radio. His knowledge of the games was secondary to his keen wit and humorous personality.
As a community leader, Nick served on the boards of the Tamaqua Rotary Club and Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered at the St. Luke Miners Memorial Medical Center, Coaldale, and was a member of the Tamaqua American Legion.
Nick was proclaimed Tamaqua Citizen of the Year in 1996.
Anna Mae, his loving wife, was born in Johnstown, Pa., a daughter of the late Charles and Ann (Sell) Elvin. A proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was also an active participant in her community.
A 1943 graduate of Tamaqua High School, Anna Mae worked at her family's hat business. After she raised their three children, she worked for the former Miners National Bank, now Sovereign Bank, Tamaqua.
Both Nick and Anna Mae were very active members of the First United Methodist Church, Tamaqua. Anna Mae was a member of the quilting group of the church and served as a Girl Scout leader.
Both supported and volunteered for Tamaqua Meals on Wheels as drivers and board members for 35 years and were active volunteers of the American Red Cross Blood Mobile.
They are survived by their daughters, Karin C., wife of Neal Musselman of Roanoke, Va., and Kathi C. of Newton Square, Pa.; a son, Kevin C., and his wife, Marilyn, of Derry, N.H.; seven grandchildren, Adam, Kelly, wife of Nick Davisson, Nathan, Matthew, and his wife, Julie, Nelson, Deven and Lucas; and four great grandchildren, Harper, Finley, Peyton and Emelia.
Anna Mae was preceded in death by a brother, Harlan Elvin, who died in 1988.
Service: Public memorial service 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, First United Methodist Church, 124 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, with the Rev. James Cavallero officiating. Private committal with military honors, Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Call 4-7 p.m. Thursday, E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Contributions in their names may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 124 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, Pa. 18252, or the Disabled American Veterans, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301. Online registry and condolences may be signed at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com.