Roy Albert Young, 89, of Overbrook, Kansas, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Feltner Funeral Home in Lyndon, Kansas. Burial will follow at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Williamsburg, Kansas. Roy will lie in state from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at the Feltner Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorial contributions made to Gideon’s, American Legion Post #317, or Donor’s Choice c/o Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at www.feltnerfuneralhome.com.
He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Greenwood County, the son of Bert Tuff Young and Bertha Bell (McDowell) Young. He was raised in Gridley, Kansas and graduated from Gridley High School with the class of 1950 where Roy played Football and Baseball.
Roy joined the Army in 1952, where he played baseball and served during the Korean War. He was stationed in the Philippines until 1954 and attained the rank of corporal.
On Nov 14, 1954, he married Marjorie Rosela Laws. To this union were born Brenda JoRene, Roy David and Virginia (Gigi) Lea.
He married Jackee Spencer on April 29, 1972, who had three children, Lori Marie, Shane Eric and Martin (Marty) Ray. In September of 1972, Roy and Jackee adopted each other’s children. They shared almost 49 years of marriage.
Roy was predeceased by his parents, parents-in-law, Ray and Willa Spencer; wife, Marjorie; brother, Louis; daughter, Gigi; son, Marty; son-in-law, Steve Dennis; daughter-in-law, Rene Young.
He is survived by his wife, Jackee; children, Brenda Dennis, Independence Missouri; David Young (Helen), Chapel Hill North Carolina; Lori Young, Osage City Kansas; Shane Young (Debby), Overbrook Kansas; sister, Marie Tennant, Pond Creek, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Claron Cordle, Ottawa, Kansas; grandchildren, ShawnnaLea Zemanek, Ryan Young, Angela Lusby, Stephanie Hefley, Kimberly Wilcox, Tiona O’Reilly, Brooke Sheets, Shianna Roper, Cole Young; 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and many other relatives.
Roy was employed by McClaskey as an oil field driller where he started working with his father during high school. He continued working in the oil fields after returning from the war. Moving to Kansas City in 1957, he went to work for Kansas City Power and Light and attended night classes for diesel school. His position at KCP&L was lead lineman splicer and he proudly retired after 37 years. He enjoyed the satisfaction of giving the community power again. After retirement, he ran the Lincoln and Melvern township road graders. Roy had a servant’s heart and loved helping people.
He was a dedicated Christian, most recently a member of Topeka Baptist Church and enjoyed taking people to lunch after services. Roy enjoyed spending time with his family and attended ball games and activities for his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Roy was active member in the American Legion Post 317 where he committed his time carrying the flag for Memorial Day ceremony and parades, placing flowers on the graves of those who served or fallen, and helping with the bingo at the Melvern fair. Roy was well known at the Veterans Hospital of Topeka, visiting on Wednesday’s while Jackee attended bible study. He would have breakfast and visit the staff and patients, where he made many of new friends.
Roy was a dedicated father and raised his three children by himself for nine years until he married Jackee and committed himself to raising six kids. Roy and Jackee then raised two grandchildren Angela Lusby and Tiona O’Reilly. Roy was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend and Christian. He will be deeply missed and remain in the heart and thoughts of his family and many friends forever.
Posted online on February 19, 2021