Canton -Gary Young, 74, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at his residence.
He was born on October 23, 1946 in Canton to Willis V. "Buck" and Clydell "Suzie" (Robertson) Young.
He married Sandra J. Downard on November 21, 1970.
Gary was a 1965 graduate of Canton Sr High School. He later attended 2 years at Canton Community College. He graduated from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, U.S. Army Training Center and School, University of Baltimore Extension School in Maryland. He was a machinist, 1st class, E-5, light mechanic and section chief with the U.S. Army in Southeast Asia and Germany.
He graduated with scholastic Achievement Award, Dean's List and numerous honors and associates degree in machine and tool design and machine, mechanical, architectural engineering drawing-Western Illinois University Extenstion Certificate.
He was a machine operator/assembler at Canton's International Harvester for 12 years. He was a sub-contractor, operated a lawn care service, handyman and security officer. He and his wife owned and operated "Sandy's Nifty 50s" restaurant in Canton. He went on to work 3 years at Indianapolis' Navistar Engine Plant.
He was a Charter member of the Canton Optimist Club and served on the board of directors and served as Vice President. He served on the board at East Side Church of the Nazarene and in various Sunday School positions.
Gary is survived by two sons, Willis E. (Natalie) Young of Peoria, Bradly D. Young of Canton, one daughter, Jennifer T. Young-Gould of Pukerua Bay, New Zealand and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Young.
Cremation rites have been accorded and there will be a graveside memorial service on Saturday. June 26, 2021 at 11 am at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton
Memorials may be made to the Eastside Church of the Nazarene.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton are in charge of arrangements.
To leave online condolences please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Sorry for your loss! Gary was a very kind man, always friendly and caring.
Gary and I would chew the fat and tease each other when we saw each other at the Family Restaurant. My prayers for him, his friends and family.
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the family, May fond memories and God’s loving words carry you through and beyond this difficult time of mourning. Isaiah 57:15
So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Praying for all (Sandy, Willis, Brad & Jenny).
You were the most honest man I ever knew.You were a quiet person but when you had things to say you said great things. You are heaven gain but our loss we will all get to see you in Heaven someday. We love and miss you.God take care of him. Love Sandy.
Gary was the most honest person I ever new He loved meeting with his friends at Hy-Vee . I would loved be a mouse under their table when the told stories I bet they were doozies. He love his kids and grandkids. He was a quiet man, but when spoke he spoke the truth. You are going to be missed. We all loved you so much. Heaven gain a saint and we loss a friend father, grandpa and my exhusband . When I get to heaven I will give you a great big hug And thank-you for all you did to love us. God please take good care of this great man till we meet again.love Sandy.
Rest in peace my dear dear friend Gary, it's not going to be the same without you, but thank you for the time we did have together! I'll truly miss you, I'm so sorry Sandy/Tony, Willis, Brad, & Jenny love & hugs to all
R.I.P. Fly high Gary your pain free & now home with Jesus! You will be missed! Thank you for being a very special friend & person in my grandmas life we will miss you at family gatherings!❤🙏 thoughts & prayers with you Sandy, Willis, Brad, & Jenny
Willis, Jenny, & Brad, I am so very sorry to hear of your dads passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Was so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Marcie Myers
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