Dale Devere Young, son of William James and Lizzie Grace (Switzer) Young, was born April 5, 1924, in Rimersburg, Pennsylvania. He passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Oberlin, Kansas, at the age of 88.
Dale grew up in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, and had two brothers and two sisters. He attended Rimersburg Grade School and graduated from Emlenton High School.
During World War II, Dale served with the United States Army Air Corps and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. While stationed at the McCook Air Force Base in McCook, Nebraska, Dale met his future wife, Eris Wenger. They were united in marriage on December 28, 1945, at the Lund Covenant Church southwest of Oberlin. The wedding was officiated by her grandfather, Rev. Edward Anderson.
Dale and Eris lived in Oberlin all of their married life and became the parents of one son and two daughters. They were business partners in Young Construction Company and later their wholesale/retail sporting goods company, Dale's Fish & Fun, Inc., which they started in 1961. Dale and Eris retired in 1984.
Dale was a member of the United Methodist Church in Oberlin. He had many interests over the years, including woodworking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, gardening and working on puzzles.
Eris preceded him in death on June 8, 2011. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Chester Campbell and Frank Cowan; and two sisters, Amanda Stahlman-McGinnis and Zelia Campbell Anthony Martin.
Survivors include his three children: Gary and Nancy Young, of Manhattan, Candace and Joe Dejmal, of Oberlin, and Terri and Bob Woolsey, of Oberlin; eight grandchildren and their spouses: Kristy and Kipp Schmitt, Brett and Karen Young, Benjamin and Lauren Young, Ryan and Christy Dejmal, Trena and Robert Miller, Tanner and Kaori Woolsey, Tucker and Tonya Woolsey, and Tyler and Rebecca Woolsey; 15 great-grandchildren: Tyler and Katherine Schmitt, Hensley Young, Evan and Samuel Dejmal, Madelynn and Madox Miller, Joana and Nami Woolsey, Trae, Taite, Trennedy, and Talulah Woolsey, and Mary Jane and Eriann Woolsey; other relatives and friends.
Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Oberlin with Rev. Linda Willey officiating
Burial: Oberlin Cemetery
Memorial Fund: Oberlin United Methodist Church
Visitation: Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and Wednesday after 8 a.m. at the church