John Thomas Young, youngest child of Fred and Ruth (Robinett) Young, was born March 15, 1928 near Giltner, Nebraska. He departed this life on December 24, 2010 at the age of 82 years, nine months, and nine days, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, after a long illness.
John T., at age four, moved with his parents and sisters to Missouri, first to Hartville, then to the farm at Elk Creek. He attended school at Elk Creek and high school in Cabool. He began college at Missouri University and finished at SMSU in Springfield receiving a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1957.
In 1950 John T. was inducted into the Army, receiving basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He served active duty in the Korea Conflict and Japan. During the time at Fort Leonard Wood, John T. met at Lebanon the girl whom he married in June 1954.
John T. followed several kinds of employment, working at Cabool Producer’s Creamery, Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, trucking farm products and farming. While farming he was able to serve 33 years as mail carrier between Cabool and Houston and 22 years as a school bus driver for Cabool Schools. Later years he devoted full time on the farm to a limited number of cattle and some hay harvesting. He loved the farm and farming.
John T. enjoyed collecting coins, stamps, pens, and pencils, RV-ing and vacation trips to the southwest U.S., old Mexico, outer banks of North Carolina, New England, Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, Korea, and Alaska. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, being active as long as health permitted and was active in 60 Plusers church group and many gatherings for his high school class of 1945.
John T. and Erma Lee were married in 1954, and this union was blessed with two children, Elizabeth Jane and John Timothy.
At a young age John T. became a Christian. He continued to attend church at Cabool Christian Church where he served as deacon.
John T. was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Rose and Pauline Young.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Erma Lee; his daughter, Elizabeth Jones and husband Lloyd of Houston, Missouri; his son, Tim Young and Jennifer of Licking, Missouri; grandson Case Thomas-Dale Jones; granddaughter Daniella Izabelle Young; Alyshia and Cody as well as many cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.
Services were at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at Cabool Christian Church with Brother Bob Martin officiating. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Don Evans, Rocky Davis, Brad Steely, Eddie Watson, Chris Davis, Marion Morgan, Charles Field, Sam Mudd, Bob Benson, Tom Carr, and Jim Johnson.
Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Sho-Me Christian Home, Robinett Cemetery, or Cabool Christian Church.