Thomas Oliver Younge

Oct 15, 2013 Staff

Thomas Oliver Younge, of Dubois, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at his home. He was 85 years old.

Per his request, there will be no services. Cremation will take place through Davis Funeral Home.

Thomas Oliver Younge was born May 26, 1928, in Goodland Township, Mich., the son of Ditmus Grant Younge and Laura (Sutherland) Younge.

He was inducted into the U.S. Armed Services on Nov. 7, 1950. He served with the 1st Division of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict in post World War II Germany. He was honorably discharged on April 9, 1957.

On Nov. 10, 1956, he married Ella Mae Scott at the North Goodland Church in Brown City, Mich. They had three children, Thomas Grant, Lori Lee and Candis Lynn. The couple raised their children in Brown City, Mich., where Mr. Younge volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, coached Little League and enjoyed many sporting events with his son.

Mr. Younge worked for General Motors for 31 years and retired in 1983.

Shortly after his retirement, the couple moved to Dubois. They spent the next 29 years together in Dubois, enjoying their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Younge was a lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan, Brown City Lodge 409 and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' William Sutter Post 2943 in Brown City, Mich. He also belonged to the National Rifle Association.

His family said that from his childhood, Mr. Younge was a dedicated hunter and fisherman. Having grown up during the Great Depression, he was a proud yet simple man, who appreciated more than most. He was a "believing" Christian, who will be dearly missed by his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Grant Younge, of Dubois; daughters Lori Lee Ebersberger of Powell and Candis Whitlock-Bennett and her husband Jody of Dubois; grandchildren Tanner Thomas Whitlock of Bozeman, Mont., Lacey Mae Ebersberger of Laramie and Jenni Lee Ebersberger of Powell; brothers Joe Younge and his wife Gail of Imlay City, Mich., and Marlin Younge and his wife Lila of Lapeer, Mich.; sister Beverly (Younge) Gallagher and her husband Jim of West Branch, Mich.; sisters-in-law Iris (Younge) Thayer of Battle Creek, Mich., Janet Benedict and her husband Dick of Sandusky, Mich., and Jeanie Ware of Lum, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ella Mae Younge, his parents and his brothers Bob Younge and Guy Younge.

Donations may be made to the National Rifle Association.

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