CAPTAIN GRANT C. YOUNG LANARK - Captain Grant C. (Jack) Young, USN (Ret), of 23633 Carroll Rd., Lanark, IL, passed away on Aug. 16, 2015. He was born in Dixon, IL on November 8th 1921, the son of Clark C and Harriet L. (Moline) Young. He married Ethel I. Shippert on December 27th, 1943 in a ceremony conducted in her parents' (Charles and Grace Shippert) home near Nachusa, IL. Jack grew up on his parents' farm in Lee County, IL., near Nachusa. He graduated from a nearby, 1-room grade school and the Amboy, IL Township High School prior to enlisting in July 1940 in the U.S. Navy. He served in enlisted billets until the onset of WWII. Then he was assigned to the Navy's flight school and to duty as an aircraft pilot flying combat missions from several aircraft carriers during that war and the following Korean conflict. Between wars, Jack served as a commanding officer of a carrier-based, jet fighter/attack squadron operating in the NATO Theater in the Mediterranean Sea; later, as a crew member/navigator of a fleet carrier cruising in the same area. Later still, he served in charge of flight operations in a different fleet carrier involved in combat operations during the Vietnam War. In interim periods, during shore duty assignments, he served as a test pilot, in fleet training squadrons, on 3 different Admiral's staffs and as a post-grad student in the Naval War College. Through Navy sponsored programs, he attended the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he earned AA, BA, and MS degrees. During his 30 year Navy career, he worked his way up through the ranks from Apprentice Seaman to Captain, and concluded it by serving in the Strategic Plans and Policy Division in the offices of the Chief of Naval Operations. In consequence of his service and combat experiences, Captain Young was awarded the Navy's highest honor, the Navy Cross, the Air Medal with 6 gold stars for additional awards, the Purple Heart, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and through his squadron's combat actions, two Presidential Unit Citations, as well as numerous campaign and service area medals. Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ethel I. Young of Lanark; his brother, Frank Young of Grand Detour, and parents and grandparents. Survivors include: 3 daughters: Cheryl L. (Greg) Ziombra of Silver Spring, MD; Dawn Brennan of Overland Park, KS; April I. (Barry) Marks of Brookfield, IL; and 1 son, Grant R. (Melissa) Young of Wausau, WI; one sister, Marjorie A. (Roy) McMillan of Aurora, CO; and 1 sister-in-law, Judy Young, of Grand Detour, IL; 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fireplace room of Lanark's United Methodist Church on Friday, 8/21/15. A funeral will be held on Saturday, 8/22/15, 1 p.m., at the Lanark church, followed by internment services in the Oakwood Cemetery of Dixon, IL. Memorial Funds will be directed to The Salvation Army and The Navy Relief Society. Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.schwarzfh.com
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Published by The Freeport Journal Standard from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2015.