Harvey Dennis Young, Jr., age 72, of rural Waverly, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at his residence after a 10-month battle with cancer.
He was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Minneapolis, the son of Harvey and Barbara Williams Young. Harvey grew up in Minneapolis, attending Incarnation Grade School and De La Salle High School, where he graduated in 1953.
He then entered the US Navy and served as an ironworker with the Naval Seabee detail in the Philippines. Harvey served as a naval reservist, receiving a National Service Defense Medal, and was honorably discharged in 1961.
Harvey and Bonnie C. Safely were joined in holy marriage Dec. 28, 1957 in Minneapolis. They resided in Minneapolis until 1966, and then moved to a farm south of Waverly, where Harvey enjoyed raising cattle, hogs, crops, and horses.
Harvey joined the electrical workers union, Local 292, IBEW in 1957, and was honored with a 50-year membership pin this year.
Harvey served his community through work in Woodland Township, on the Howard Lake-Waverly School Board, and as a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he served as a religious education instructor and on the Parish Council.
In his retirement years, Harvey enjoyed working with his many teams of draft horses, which resulted in a close personal relationship with the St. Charles Amish Community.
Harvey is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Young; children Barbara (Jim) Eckberg, Susan (Bruce) Jagodzinski, Patty (George) Reinert, Mary (Randy) Judd, Ann (David) Mills, Michael (Ruth) Young, Kate (Dean) Fasching, and Carol (Tom) Thurston; 25 grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Donald) Burns; a brother, Bill (Joanie) Young; special family friend Mario Vargas; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Barbara Young; and a sister, Mary Lou Schwanz.
A Mass of Christian Burial for took place Saturday, Nov. 3 at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Father Timothy Cloutier was the celebrant. Interment with military rites followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Waverly.
Friends called Friday, Nov. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.
Honorary casket bearers were Harvey’s grandsons: Jonathan Eckberg, Benjamin Eckberg, Jack Jagodzinski, Joe Mills, Jacob Mills, Jacob Young, and Tyler Thurston.
Casket bearers were Harvey’s grandsons: Daniel Eckberg, Jeffrey Jagodzinski, Christopher Reinert, Michael Lundeen, Sam Mills, Thomas Young, and Mitchell Fasching.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.