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Joel Clarence YOUNGQUIST


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Joel Clarence YOUNGQUIST Obituary
October 27, 1920 - December 9, 2016 Joel C. Youngquist, Jr. died peacefully at his home December 9, 2016. He was born in Burlington, Iowa on October 27, 1920 to Joel C. Youngquist Sr. and Maude Abbott Youngquist. He had two brothers, the late Rev. Theodore Youngquist and James Youngquist. Joel moved to Glendale in 1939. He graduated from Glendale College and Occidental before enlisting in the Navy to fight in World War II. Joel met his wife, Shirley, at First Lutheran Church of Glendale. They were married on June 11,1945, while his ship, the USS Laffey, was in Seattle, Washington awaiting repairs. The Laffey had been attacked by 22 enemy planes. The ship was hit by 5 planes, while 3 others grazed her. Four bombs hit her squarely and her machine gun magazine exploded. This attack earned the Laffey the nickname, "The Ship That Would Not Die." Joel was very proud of his country and proud to be able to serve it. He never forgot the Laffey and the brave shipmates he served with during the war. He will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery for veterans. After the war ended, Joel and Shirley moved briefly to Boston, Massachusetts, so Joel could earn his MBA from Harvard University. Returning to Glendale, Joel was hired at Glendale College, where he taught Economics for 37 years. He had worked part time in real estate during his teaching career, and after retirement, he devoted himself to real estate full time, eventually buying the office of Norman Nelson Real Estate, when his good friend, Norman Nelson retired. Joel's work was an important part of his life, but his family and his church were just as important. He believed that all he had achieved in life was by the grace of the Lord. Joel and Shirley were longtime members of Salem Lutheran Church of Glendale. During his long life, Joel gave his time as a Camp Counselor, an adult Sunday School Teacher, he participated in the Prison Ministries, and was a member of Salem's Endowment Committee. Joel was an excellent provider and Steward of the gifts God gave him. He was a loving, generous father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Joel is survived by his brother, James Youngquist, his 2 daughters, Judith Steele and Martha Harris, 3 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held on January 14, at Salem Lutheran Church. In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army or the Community of the Verdugo, Youngquist Nursing Scholarship.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 8, 2017
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