OBITUARY ~ RALPH WAYLAND "WADE" YOUNG
Ralph Wayland YOUNG, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 8 , at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis
"Wade" YOUNG was born to Gracie Bell and Timon Ocon YOUNG on Oct. 5, 1920 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He
grew up and attended school in Mount Ayr, along with several siblings.
On Sept. 5, 1939, he married Helen DRAKE.
Shortly hereafter, the newlyweds moved to Corvallis and he found employment at the Pankalla hop yards.
to Beiber, Calif., and then returned to Mt. Ayr, where Wade joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in Europe for about
three years. Some of that time was spent in a hospital in Marseilles, France, after being severely wounded in combat.
He was released from service in 1945, and returned to his family in Iowa.
Wade and his family then traveled back
to California and then to Oregon, where he worked for many years as a lumber grader in a sawmill, as a carpenter at Oregon
State University's physical plant carpentry shop, finally retiring in 1982.
Wade was an avid fisherman and gardener,
and enjoyed fishing and camping with family and friends.
He is survived by Helen, his wife of 70 years; sister
Dorothy SEEVERS of Albany; daughter Kathy McNURLIN of Monroe; sons David and wife, Dyana, of Philomath, Jim and wife,
Cheryl, of Independence, ant Timon and wife, Terri, of Philomath; six grandchildren, Sean, Daniel, Clint, Leah,
Matt and Ben; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their children.
Wade was a lifelong
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at McHenry Funeral Home. Private interment services
with a military Honor Guard will take place Thursday, Nov. 12, at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held
at noon Thursday at First Baptist Church, 335 S. 26th St., in Philomath.
The family asks that donations be made to the
Philomath Volunteer Fire Department in care of McHenry Funeral Home.
Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012
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