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. Edward Patrick Young (1942 - 2013) . 

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. January 5, 2013 .
 Green Bay Press-Gazette


A most gentle man has entered the gates of heaven into the arms of Jesus on
Jan. 2, 2013. The earthly journey of Edward Patrick Young is now complete,
leaving all who knew him a legacy of honesty, integrity, always willing and
ever wanting to help others. Ed was born on Dec. 10, 1942, in Oconto, Wis.,
a town in which he dedicated himself to build on its goodness and beauty. He
was a County Board Supervisor for 15 years, a City Council Alderperson for
19 years and planned to seek re-election this spring. Ed was looking forward
to being the top vote-getter, as he was always humbled by how the community
appreciated his service. He began his political interests as a school board
member in 1987 serving for 13 years. His willingness and knowledgeable
ability were applied no matter how simple or complicated the task. Dad found
a way to make it work out, he would always say "there is an easy way and a
hard way, but it can be done."

Of Ed's many accomplishments and dedication his most heartfelt was being the
cherished husband of 44 wonderful years, a wonderful Dad and Papa to his
created family, always kind and considerate of everyone's needs. A loving
son and brother and "special Uncle Ed" to all of his nieces and nephew; a
devoted godfather to Katie and Alli and a special friend to many.

He attended St. Joseph's grade school, Oconto High School, and joined the
United States Army in 1964 for three years while stationed in Germany, and
completed his education at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He returned
to Oconto as our accomplished draftsman at Holt Hi Lab before joining FMC in
Green Bay, ending his career with Foth and Van Dyke following the
debilitating disease of Guillian Barre' Syndrome being diagnosed on April 8,
1989. After four months on a respirator and three additional months in
rehabilitation, Dad was welcomed home with a police escort in a limousine to
TV cameras, the Oconto High School Band, and many friends and family waiting
to help him up the new ramp built by the students and staff of Oconto High

Leading by example Dad taught us to always give back. He became involved in
the Volunteer In Probation Program at its inception over 20 years ago by
helping many patrons through their decisions and on to goodness in life. He
was a Hunter Education instructor, a life member of the Oconto Sportsman
Club, the American Legion, and the VFW. He mentored many children in
reading, math, and science, each eager for a ride on his wheelchair in the
gym during a rainy day.

Ed is survived by his wife, Joanne (LaCombe); beloved sons, John (Mary) and
Jim (Donna); cherished daughters, Amy (Rory Cisar) and Anna (Jeremy
Manzetti); grandchildren, Ellis and Audrey Young, Annalise, Grace and
Vynessa Cisar, and Dominic, Luke and Landon Young; brother, Bill; sisters,
Mary Jo, Char, and Jean; sister-in-law, Shirley Ernst; brother-in-law, John
(Anna) LaCombe; special aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his brother, Gary and
brother-in-law, William (Bill) Ernst.

We want to thank each and every one who said a prayer, sent a card, shared a
hello or a kind thought of him as he continued with every day struggles,
trials, hurdles over the past 23 years with GBS, a rare blood disease, and
other complications due to his health status, accepting his difficulties and
making the MOST of every day.

Please share a smile, share a hello, open a door for someone, especially one
with special needs. Always know that it feels good to them and your reward
will be priceless.

Dad, you will be so sadly missed and deeply remembered always and
forever...1 4 3 (I Love You).

We love you,

Wife, Joanne and children, John, Amy, Jim and Anna.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home,
Oconto, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, with Knights of Columbus
Rosary at 4:30 and prayer service by Deacon Walter Kaszynski at 7 p.m.
Visitation will continue on Monday, Jan. 7, at the funeral home from 9:30 to
10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Jan.
7, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with Fr. Celestine Byekwaso officiating.
Military Rites will be performed by American Legion Jones Modrow Young Post
#74. Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on January 5, 2013