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Robert E. Young


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Robert E. Young Obituary
Robert E. Young 1945 - 2018
WHITESBORO - Robert E. Young, 72, of Whitesboro, loving husband, father and grandfather, die hard Yankees fan, Goldwater-Reagan conservative, Hall of Fame bowler and founding member of the Young family airband, succumbed to his ten year battle with COPD on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
He was born in Utica on August 26th, 1945, the son of the late Henry and Eleanor Roberts Young. He had the distinction of sharing a birthday with his mother, which was celebrated annually at Gary's Restaurant, in Sylvan Beach, a tradition the family honored, even after her death in 1995.
Bob was a 1963 graduate of New Hartford High School and later that year, entered the United States Air Force serving until 1967. He was stationed at Shepard AFB Wichita Falls, Texas at the time of the Kennedy assassination. From there he was transferred to Laon AFB in France until de Gaulle evicted the USA from the country and finally completed his duty in Plattsburgh, NY. He was of the Catholic faith.
Bob was one of the top bowlers in the Utica area for decades. Always bowling anchor he was known for coming through in the clutch. While in France, as a member of the "Laon" Rangers, Bob won many tournaments in Paris and Belgium. He was a member of the powerhouse Sam Montana's team of the early 1970's, winning two New York State bowling championships. At one time or another, he participated in nearly every classic league in the area during bowling's hey-day. He held the city-wide high average twice, bowled a number of 300 games and 800 series and was elected to the Utica Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996. The last fifteen years of his bowling career were some of his most enjoyable on the Uncle's Tavern Team with his son, Greg, nephew, Shifty Davis, the Straw and the Big Kahuna. Bob and Kahuna were known for their belly bumps.
Bob began his career in 1967 as a computer operator at GE and later, Lockheed Martin, retiring in 2001 after nearly 35 years of service. He was a proud member of the American Legion Whitestown Post 1113 serving as Chief Finance Officer for many years. The Legion will miss all the money he donated to playing the pull-tabs.
In 1969, Bob married the former Linda Mitchell on July 19th, a union of nearly 49 years resulting in two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, with one on the way. Bob and Linda were very much in love and spent many years bowling together, traveling throughout the country, especially New Orleans with their close friends and Myrtle Beach with Bob's sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Donna and Paul. Bob's greatest accomplishment, in his eyes, was providing for his wife and raising successful and independent children. He loved his children and grandchildren and will miss them very much.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Gregory and SherriAnn, of Westmoreland; daughter, Christine and John Saladin, of Oriskany; four granddaughters, CarrieAnn, Arianna and Jolin Young and Katie Saladin; one grandson, Kyle Saladin; and one great-grandson, Elliot Young. He also leaves his sister in-law, Gloria Young, of Florida; his brother, Tom and Pat Young, of Waterville; sisters, Lauren Davis, of New Hartford, Susan and Eric Stappenbeck, of Cicero, Patty and Greg Karuzas, of Utica and Debbie Schultz, of Beaver, PA; in-laws, Bob and Sue Mitchell, of Whitesboro, Donna and Paul Jones, of Whitesboro, whom he loved as brother and sister, Susan and James Goodison, of Stittville and Dennis and Kathryn Mitchell, of Oriskany; and many nieces, nephews and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his father-in-law, George Mitchell; and brother, Jim Young.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 11:00 AM at the Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., Forty Main St., Whitesboro, with Sister Maureen Denn officiating. Interment, with Military Honors, will be, in the spring, in Glenside Cemetery in New York Mills. Friends and Family are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The Whitestown American Legion Post 1113 will have a service on Saturday evening at 6:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS, 66675 in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
"Dad, you will be greatly missed by us all but it is a comfort knowing you'll be sharing immortality with Grandma and Grandpa Roberts, Grandma and Grandpa Young, Uncle Jim and The Mick. You and Grandma Young will have the best seats in the house to watch your Yankees. We promise to have a beer or two or three for you."
For online expressions of sympathy, please go to www.dimblebyfh.com.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2018
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