Van D. Young (1931 - 2017)

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Born in Missouri on September 20, 1931 and left us peacefully on October 6, 2017, in Elk Grove, CA. He was a long time resident of Elk Grove, CA. The son of Samuel H. and Grace L. Young, preceded in death. Van was raised with two brothers, Thomas H. Young of Missouri and Stanley O. Young of Virginia, preceded in death. He is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Young (Smith) and married on May 10, 1952, 65 years of marriage. In 1956, Van and Ruth moved to Sacramento, California from Missouri to make a new life for themselves and have a family. Loving father of a son and a daughter, Gary W. Young (Retired Lt. Colonel, US Army) of Galt, CA; and Jill R. Young and husband Thomas K. Whitson of Galt, CA. Loving grandfather of Ashley M. Goodrich (Young) and husband Ethan Goodrich of Galt, CA; and Christopher J. Young (Iraq War Army Veteran) and Aislynn Adams-Taylor, of Fair Oaks, CA and a nephew, Donald N. Young, of Washington D.C. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who touched many people's lives and had an endless devotion to his family; his kindness will always be in our hearts and in our memories. Van was Korean War Army Veteran serving in the first year of the war. He survived the bitter Chosin Reservoir campaign, and went on to have a long productive career with United Airlines, retiring after 38 years of service. Van will be laid to rest with a Veterans Memorial Service and will take place at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA on February 23, 2018, at 11:00a.m. There will be a Celebration of Life for Van directly following the Memorial Services, at 8712 O'Connell Ct, Elk Grove, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you may make donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Christopher J. Young Recovery Fund, injured-veteran-28yo
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 21, 2018
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