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Gerald W. Young, 80

Gerald Wayne Young, age 80, of Spicer, a former owner of a funeral home in Howard Lake, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, following an extended illness.

He was born July 20, 1931, in Hubbard, TX, the son of Wayne Elton and Lora Dale (Binford) Young. Gerald grew up and graduated from high school in Tyler, TX. As a young adult, He attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Gerald attended Lon Morris Jr. College, Texas Wesleyan College, and Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian College. He began his ministry in Texas, and moved to Minnesota in 1957, to take a call at the Renville United Methodist church. He also served churches in St. Paul and Hamline. Gerald left the ministry in 1973.

He later entered the School of Mortuary Science at the University of Minnesota, and became a funeral director. From 1980 to 1988, he owned and operated a funeral home in Howard Lake.

Gerald was married to Mary Jane O’Connor Jan. 18, 1975.

He was an active member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Spicer, and a member of the Masonic Lodge, Zuhrah Shrine Center, and the Willmar Area Shrine Club.

His hobbies included golfing, fishing, boating, piloting an airplane, traveling, cooking, singing, and just being outdoors.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; four children, Rick (and Carrie) Young of Ellensburg, WA, Terri (and Daryl) Kidd, Bryan Young, and Diane (and Mike) Umphress, all of Ft. Worth, TX; three stepchildren, Catherine (and Todd) Berghoff of Mayer, Jim (and Renita) Van Dusen of Minneapolis, and Laura (and Bill) Hansen of Longville; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his mother, Lora Dale Young of Denison, TX; a brother, Glen (and Karen) Young of Denison, TX; and other relatives and friends.

Gerald was preceded in death by his father; a grandson, Nathan; and two sisters, Lora Jane and Barbara Dale.

Funeral services took place Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Spicer, with interment in the Fairview Cemetery in Renville.

Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Brothers Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer.