Young Funeral Services for Gerald J. Young, 76, of Sealy, were held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at 1 p.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek with the Rev. Bernard Snock celebrating the funeral mass and rite of committal. Interment was at the Sealy Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Michael F. McCarthy, Carl Nastoupil, Herbert Brune, Jim Lassiter, Joe Gibson and Horst Weber. Gerald James Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend was released from the early cares of this life on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005 at his home in Sealy after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Richard Young; their children Richard Blair Young and his wife Myrtle Robert (Bob) Young and Nancy Young Lezak and husband Tim; grandchildren, Ginny Fuller, Brandy Young, Heather Young, Aaron Bennett, Brandon Bennett, Tyler Lezak and Corey Fuller. Gerald's life journey began in Waldo, Ark. He was born to parents, Oliver Robert Young and Willie Mac (Lollar) Young. They soon moved to Willisville, Ark. where he later attended school and lettered in basketball and worked in his father's cotton gin and general store. After graduation in 1947 he joined the United States Air Force and served in Fairbanks, Alaska with the 46th/72nd Reconnaissance Squadrons. Staff Sergeant Young then came to Ellington Air Base in Houston where he met and married Betty, then to North Africa and Germany. After leaving Germany he and Betty returned to Houston to live and raise their children. He was employed by Eastern States Refinery for 30 years and also owned several businesses; The Young Hydroponics in Weimar was a real Joy. They moved to Sealy in 1976. His hobby was history and he was an avid reader of history and working on his family genealogy. He loved to travel and was a firm believer in vacations every year. Always the adventurer, vacations always included some bit of "Oh what the heck, lets go look." It was the journey, not so much the destination but the journey. He was a member of V.F.W. Post #5601 Sealy and served as Quartermaster, American Legion Post 442 and served as Judge Advocate and Bingo worker, 46th/72nd Air Force Reconnaissance Squadrons Texas Lone Star Chapter, Korean War Veterans and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sealy and helped with renovation of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Frydek. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Willie Mae Young, brother, Winfread Young and sister-in-law Jewel Young, sister, Louise Young, stepmother Ivy Louise Wallraven Young, stepbrothers Guy and Jhonny Wallraven and daughter-in-law Joyce Young. Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in Sealy.
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