Walter Morris Young Sr.

Walter Morris Young Sr., 89, formerly of 2421 Crystal Ave., Quincy, died at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday (April 30, 2013) in the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy.

He was born July 26, 1923, in Bowling Green, Ky., the son of Willie James and Mary Virginia Walters Young. On Sept. 26, 1943, he married Jeanne D. Townsend in Valle Crucis, N.C. She died June 20, 2007.

Morris enlisted in the Army in January 1941 and was in the 38th Division, stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss. He was the oldest at age 17 of five in the company that were underage, ranging in ages from 14-17, as one did not have to have a birth certificate to enroll in service. He came back to Bowling Green, and met his soon-to-be wife, Jeanne, and followed her to Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Navy shipyard. After the birth of their first child, they moved to North Carolina, "Jeanne's home country." Later they moved to Bowling Green and then to Quincy as retail store manager for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. In 1963, he opened two furniture stores in Quincy, known as Wholesale Furniture Mart. He retired in 1984.

He was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church since 1953 where he was a member of the church advisory board and chairman of the Boy Scout Committee of Troop 9. He was a member of Kiwanis and the Salvation Army.

Survivors include two sons, Walter M. (Grace) Young Jr. of Danville, Calif., and Kenneth W. (Debra) Young of Henderson, Nev.; a daughter, C. Yvonne (Kevin) Cooley of Lake Lure, N.C.; six grandchildren, Timothy and Jason Young of Danville, Calif., Stephanie and Stephen Young of San Francisco, Christy Anderson Tucker of Alabama, and Christopher Wood of Long Island, N.Y.

In addition to his wife, Walter was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Barbara A. Young Newman, Mary Louise Young and Frances A. McKahan, and two brothers, Carl J. and Robert L. Young.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in Vermont Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Scott Grulke officiating. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

VISITATION: 9 to 10 a.m. Friday in Vermont Street United Methodist Church.


ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy


Funeral Home

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-4907

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 1 to May 3, 2013