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James Gordon Young

James Gordon Young, 98,

of Somerset, joined his life partner, Gwen, on June 8, 2018. Jim was born May 11, 1920, in Somerset, to the late George Gordon and Ida L. (Sterner) Young. After graduation from Holy Trinity High School, Jim proudly served in the US Army Air Corps 1940-1946. While stationed at Goodfellow Air Base in San Angelo TX, he met and married the late Gwendolyn A. (Irwin) Young. Following his military service, Jim returned to Somerset to live, work, and eventually operate the multigenerational family dairy farm. During his life, he was active in the community and beyond. Jim served on Village Council and as Mayor of Somerset, was a member and past commander of the Leo Ryan American Legion Post 58, and served on the auxiliary state patrol. Jim spent

21 years on the SWCD Board and was also appointed to the Rushcreek Watershed Board for 20 years. During his board tenure, he received several Hall of Fame recognition awards for Conservation.

After retirement, and at the age of 80, Jim and Gwen continued their active life and became full-time RVer’s for 12 years, volunteering in state parks across the western US. Both Texas and New Mexico recognized the couple as “Outstanding State Park Volunteers” for the number of hours of service they donated.

Jim is survived by his children, Dennis (Suzan) Young, Idelle Sagan and Kevin Young; five grandchildren, Stephanie Young-Kranick, Lee Young, Shannon Young-Blackburn, Heather Sagan-Cecil and Kristen Sagan; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Gwen Young; his parents, Gordon and Ida Young; his brother and sister-in-law, John and Peg Young; daughter-in-law, Teena (Ayers) Young; and son-inlaw, George Sagan.

Services were held June 24, 2018, at the Somerset United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karen Walters officiating. Military honors were provided by Somerset American Legion Leo Ryan Post 58.

Memoorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Perry County Veterans, 121 W. Brown St., Suite D, New Lexington, OH 43764; or to American Legion Leo Ryan Post 58, P.O. Box 552, Somerset, OH 43783. Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset is entrusted with the arrangements.

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