Michael A. “Mike” Young, a resident of Willow Springs, passed away Friday morning, May 31, 2019, while at NHC in West Plains. Born June 28, 1942, to Richard Francis and Teresa Jean (Kompienska) Young in St. Louis, Mo., he was 76 years old.
Mike grew up in the St. Louis area and received his elementary education at St. George School. He attended Bishop DuBourg High School and upon graduation he studied at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., and San Francisco Emergency Services, and then received his degree from the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science. He was employed as a licensed embalmer for Gorman Scharf Funeral Home in Springfield, Mo., and for Shields Funeral Home in Raytown, Mo.
Mike served his country in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968 in the Army Graves Registration Department. His work career also included positions at the Lovan Young Insurance Agency, Bank of Thayer, and MY Associates. He married Theresa J. Fisk on Aug. 15, 1970, at the First & Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Mo.
Mike had many interests in life. Growing up in the St. Louis area, he was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and especially Stan Musial. He also was a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. He was a founding member and head of the Off the Wall Fishing Club, the Willow Walnut Bowling Team, and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce. He belonged to the Willow Springs Lion Club and was instrumental in starting the Lions Club Golf Tournament. He coached Mighty Mite Football, and was responsible for organizing Skyfire, the local Independence Day celebration; he was also the chairman for the American Cancer Society Educational and Fund Raising Crusade.
On a humorous note, it was said he delighted in throwing his own “surprise” birthday party every year. However, some of his favorite times were spent fishing and camping. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends, and all who knew and loved him.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Timothy Young; his sister-in-law, Tomiko Young; and brother-in-law John Sartorius.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Jo (Fisk) Young; his daughter, Heather Michelle (Young) Redden and her husband, Edward Anthony Redden of Springfield, Mo.; his son, James Michael Young of San Francisco, Calif.; his granddaughter, Lacie Redden and her fiancée, Derek Welch; his grandsons, Dalton Redden and Roman Redden; his great-grandson, Kendall Welch; his brothers, Richard Young, Daniel Young and his wife, Carolyn; James Young and his wife, Judith; and Robert Young and his wife, Jeanne; his sisters, Mary Young, Elizabeth Sartorius; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
A memorial service for Mr. Young was held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Willow Springs at 11 a.m., with a visitation immediately preceding at 10 a.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or the American Legion Post #384. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home, LLC. On-line condolences may be left at www.willowspringsfuneralhome.com.