Jewell Thomas Yarber
Oberlin — Jewell Thomas Yarber, 76, of Oberlin, died Feb. 22, 2010, at Community Health Partners in Lorain surrounded by his family.
He was born in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 4, 1933. He worked for GM as a hot metal transport for 31 1⁄2 years before retiring in 1987. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Oberlin. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and was an avid sports fan.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Yarber, of Oberlin; a son, Wayne T. Yarber, of Oberlin; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Yarber; his mother, Ilar Mae Triggs; his stepmother, Bessie H. Yarber; a son, Vincent D. Yarber; brothers James, Melvin, Rhubin and Raymond Yarber; and sisters Sophie Simpson and Annie Lawson.
Visitation will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Anthoni D. McElrath, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will be Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Rhubin Yarber

Rhubin Yarber, 45, of Oberlin, died Feb. 1 at Cleveland Clinic following a long illness.
A lifelong Oberlin resident [and 1966 graduate of Oberlin High School], he had been an assembler at the Nordson Corp. since 1988.
He attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carry A.; sons, Wade, Deon and Shaylan, all of Oberlin; four grandchildren; brothers, Matthew of Lorain, Lyn of Elyria, and Michael of Baton Rouge, La.; and sisters, Patricia Lamb of Cleveland, Gloria Payne of Elyria, and Phyllis Hogan and Sonya Harrell, both of Oberlin.
Services were Friday afternoon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred L. Bell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 9, 1993, p. 2.

Tracie Annette Yarber
Tracie Annette Yarber was born January 21, 1956 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin, and departed this life on Friday, February 8, 1974.
Tracie lived her 18 years of life in Oberlin and attended Oberlin Public Schools [where she was a member of the class of 1974.] She had been employed at the Oberlin Canteen Company for one month.
Tracie was the ninth child of Rhubin and Betty Yarber and was preceded in death by an infant brother, Keith, and her father.
She leaves behind her mother, four sisters, Mrs. Patricia Lamb of Cleveland, Gloria, Phyllis, and Mrs. Sonya Woods, all of Oberlin, and four brothers, Rhubin, Jr., Matthew, Lyn and Michael, all of Oberlin, and a full host of relatives and friends.
She will rest next to her father in Westwood Cemetery.
Funeral eulogy

Vincent Dale Yarber
Oberlin -- Vincent Dale Yarber, 42, of Oberlin, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at Allen Medical Center, Oberlin, following a brief illness.He was born Dec. 24, 1958, in Oberlin and was a lifelong resident[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1977].
He worked in the planting and shipping department of Green Circle Growers for six years until becoming ill.
He enjoyed music, piano, Dallas Cowboys football, boxing and cars.
Survivors include his parents, Jewell and Edna (nee Atkinson) Yarber of Oberlin; brother, Wayne Yarber of Oberlin; and other relatives.
Friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
The Morning Journal,Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, December 9, 2001.

Joseph M. Yarsa
Joseph Michael Yarsa, 68, of Elyria, died at this home Sunday morning following a long illness.
His family moved to Oberlin when he was in high school, and he is remembered as an outstanding football, basketball and baseball player at OHS, leading the Indians to the district basketball tournament in 1932[, the year he graduated]. In later years he played baseball for many semi-pro teams in the area.
He is survived by his wife, Reva (nee Whitney); daughters, Judith (Mrs. Francis) Nedwick and Joan (Mrs. Raymond) Nedwick, both of Elyria, and Debra at home; four brothers and four grandchildren.
Services were yesterday in Elyria with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 16, 1982, p. 2.

Regis J. ‘Bud’ Yasher

Regis J. “Bud” Yasher, 62, of Wellington, former Oberlin resident, died April 27 at Allen Memorial Hospital.

Born in Lorain, he had lived in the Wellington, Oberlin and Kipton areas for most of his life. He was a graduate of Oberlin High School [class of 1954].

For the past 36 years he had lived in Wellington. He worked for 30 years as a truck driver and had worked for the last four years at NAPA of Brook Park.

Mr. Yasher was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin.

He also was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sakols, the St. Ann’s Slovak Ladies Association 114 and Teamsters Local 507.

He enjoyed splitting wood, being with his pets and helping people.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Rieta “Kay” (nee Edmonds); daughters Linda Yasher Lamp of LaGrange and Karin Farlow of Oberlin; a son, Richard, in the Navy, stationed at Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren; sisters Marcella Ridenour of Sheffield Village, Betty Jean Ward of Lorain, and his twin sister, Regina Davids of Elyria; a brother, George of Ocean Isle, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary (nee Doslak); and a granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Louise Farlow.

A funeral Mass was held April 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the pastor, Rev. William B. Padavick, as celebrant.

Burial was in Camden Cemetery in Kipton.

Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 5, 1998, p. 2.

Death Takes C. H. Yocom, Prominent Businessman
Charles Herbert Yocom, prominent Oberlin businessman for 40 years, died Saturday at 6:20 p. m. at Allen Hospital after an illness of several weeks. He was 65.
Born in Pennsville on April 29, 1885, the son of Eli K. and Theresa Coulson Yocom, Mr. Yocom came with his family to Oberlin at the age of 16. He was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1905, attended the Oberlin School of Commerce, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1909.
After teaching for two years in Urbana, Mr. Yocom entered into business in the Yocom Bros. Drygoods store, founded in 1907 by his father, E. K. Yocom, and uncles, C. P. and J. D. Yocom. In 1929 Mr. Yocom and his brother Ernest took over complete operation of the store; and after 1942, when Ernest went into war work, Herbert Yocom was in sole charge.
Mr. Yocomj married Miss Inez Willis on June 15, 1917.
Active Churchman
A member of the First Methodist Church, Mr. Yocom took an active part in the church’s work. He was serving on the official board at the time of his death, and had served also many years as church secretary. He sang in the church choir as well as in the Oberlin Musical Union for many years. His hobbies were gardening, reading and fishing.
Mr. Yocom is survived by his wife, Inez; two sons, Willis H. of Chatham, N. J., and John E. of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Edward A. Atkinson, now in Oceanside, Calif., waiting for her army doctor husband to receive his overseas orders. Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. E. K. Yocom, Oberlin; two sisters, Mary of Oberlin and Frances of Chapel Hill, N. C.; one brother, Ernest, Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
Rev. Paul C. Giffin, pastor of First Methodist church, and Rev. Wilbur E. Goist, a former minister, conducted funeral services at the church Tuesday afternoon. Burial was made in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 18, 1951, p. 1.

Ernest G. Yocom, Prominent Businessman, Dies at 63
Funeral services were held ___day afternoon at the First Methodist Church for Ernest G. Yocom, prominent Oberlin businessman for many years, who died Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Cleveland Clinic Hospital after an illness of three weeks. He was 63.
Born in Pennsville July 19, 1889, Mr. Yocom came to Oberlin in 1905 to attend Oberlin High School, from which he graduated in 1909. He received his degree from Oberlin College in 1913.
Mr. Yocom’s father, E. K. Yocom in 1907 founded the dry-cleaning business which was for many years known as Yocom ___. Mr. Yocom was associated in the business with his father and later with his brother, Herbert, who died in January 1951. In World War I he enlisted in the Oberlin College Ambulance Corps and served overseas for __ years.
Mr. Yocom was active in town and community work. He served for 14 years as treasurer of the First Methodist Church and 11 years as its Sunday School superintendent, and was on the official board throughout his church affiliation. He was also a member of the board of the Methodist Home for the Aged in Elyria.
A director of the Oberlin Savings Bank Co. from January, 1931, to January, 1945, he served for three years as the board’s secretary. He was a member of the merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce and the C of C, the Exchange Club, Karl Wilson Locke Post, American Legion. He was a member of the board of managers of Allen Hospital and served as chairman for the hospital’s Browning fund.
Mr. Yocom is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Tschanen; his mother, Mrs. E. K. Yocom of Oberlin; and two sisters, Miss Mary Yocom of Oberlin, and Miss Frances Yocom of Chapel Hill, N. C.
President Charles B. Ketcham of Mt. Union College, and Rev. Wilbur E. Goist of Rockport Methodist Church, Rocky River, both former ministers of the Oberlin church, conducted the funeral services. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Photograph caption: Ernest G. Yocom.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 24, 1952, p. 1.

Frances L. Yocom
Frances L. Yocom, 94, former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 29 in Sebring, Ohio. For the past 25 years she had been a resident of the Copeland Oaks Retirement Home there.
Born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio, on May 13, 1899, she moved with her family to Oberlin in 1907. She attended Oberlin public schools, [graduated from OHS in 1917,] and graduated from Oberlin College in 1921 with a major in English. She received the A.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1925, B.S. in library science from Western Reserve University in 1931 and the M.S. in librarianship from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1939.
During her career she was a librarian at Straight College in New Orleans, Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., Humboldt State College in Arcata, Calif., and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she headed the cataloging department for 19 years, until retiring in 1965.
She then returned to Oberlin to live with her sister, Mary S. Yocom, and sister-in-law, Inez W. Yocom. In 1968 all three moved to the newly opened Copeland Oaks Retirement Home.
She was active in the Society of Friends in Chapel Hill and maintained her membership in the Oberlin First United Methodist Church.
In the mid-1960s Miss Yocom started to lose her hearing and was totally deaf the last 20 years. This did not keep her from carrying on a lively correspondence with relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Herbert and Ernest G. Yocom; a sister, Mary S. Yocom, sister-in-law Inez W. Yocom; and nephew, Willis H. Yocom.
She is survived by a niece, Patricia Yocom Frazer; nephew, John E. Yocom; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and cousins.
The family is planning a memorial service at Copeland Oaks, the time to be announced later.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 15, 1994, p. 2.

Frank L. Yocom
Frank L. Yocom, 78, of Ashtabula, former Oberlin resident, died Aug. 26 at Ashtabula General Hospital where he had been ill for 19 days with cancer.
He was born and grew up in Oberlin[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1922,] and graduated from Oberlin College in 1927. For many years he was manager of the Sherwin Williams paint store in Ashtabula, retiring in 1966.
He was a volunteer bander for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, starting in 1924, and also photographed and showed slides of wildlife to groups throughout the state. For about 20 years, he wrote a weekly column, The Nature Nook, for the Ashtabula Star Beacon.
He was also a musician and with his wife founded the Ashtabula Messiah Chorus, which he directed. He was choir director of First Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula until his death.
He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Atwater of Dayton, and son Robert of Columbus, and six grandchildren.
Memorial services were held on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Ashtabula.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 8, 1983, p.2.
Franklin L. Yocom died Aug. 26, 1983, at the Ashtabula General Hospital, of cancer. He was retired in 1966 after almost 40 years as manager of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Store in Ashtabula. When he retired it gave him more time to devote to his study of wildlife. Since 1924 he had been a volunteer bander for the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and for 20 year wrote a weekly column “The Nature Nook” for the Ashtabula Star Beacon. His many photographs and slides were frequently shown to groups throughout Ohio.
Mr. Yocom was a charter member and former president of the Wharram Nature Club and was instrumental in the organization’s purchase of its Nature Reserve in Kingsville, Ohio. He also helped to sponsor the formation of the Ashtabula County Metropolitan Park District. In 1981 he received the National Society DAR conservation medal for being “an outstanding example of those persons working to preserve our nature heritage.”
Mr. Yocom was born in Oberlin, Jan. 16, 1905, the son of Joseph D. ’98, who taught at the Oberlin School of Commerce. [He graduated from OHS in 1922.] As a student [at Oberlin College, class of 1926,] he majored in ecology and sang in M.U., and the group “The Heaven Sent Seven.” He also played in the College Band. Later he and his wife, the former Eloise Marsh ’26, founded the Ashtabula Messiah Chorus which he directed for 17 years and with whom she performed as accompanist. He was also choir director of the First Presbyterian Church and director of the Ashtabula Male Chorus.
He leaves daughter Margaret Atwater ’55, son Robert ’53 and six grandchildren. His wife, sister Margaret ’25 [OHS ‘21], and brother, Theodore ’31 [OHS ‘26], preceded him in death.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1984, p. 72.

Margaret Yocom
Miss Margaret Yocom, who died May 29 in Bowling Green, was the subject of an obituary notice in last week’s News-Tribune which contained several errors, including Miss Yocom’s given name (incorrectly published as Mary) and the spelling of her surname (incorrectly published as Yocum).
Margaret Yocom was on the staff of Bowling Green State Library for 42 years when she retired in 1970; for most of that time she was head of the catalog department. She was the daughter of the late Joseph D. and Anna H. Yocom of Oberlin and was graduated from [OHS in 1921 and from] Oberlin College in 1925. The funeral service was last week Wednesday in Bowling Green; burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Survivors in addition to her brother Frank, of Ashtabula, are a nephew, Robert M. Yocom, of Columbus; a niece, Margaret (Mrs. David) Atwater of Kettering; and six great nieces and nephews.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 8, 1972, p. 2.

Mary S. Yocom

Miss Mary Sareta (Molly) Yocom, founder of Oberlin’s Orchard Kindergarten, died Dec. 18, 1968, in Tiffin State Medical Hospital following a two-year illness.

Born in Pennsville, Ohio, July 9, 1894, she moved to Oberlin with her family in 1907 when her father, the late Eli King Yocom, opened Yocom’s Dry Goods Store. The store later became Yocom Brothers Co. and was operated by Miss Yocom’s brothers, the late C. Herbert, ’09, and Ernest G. ’13, until the latter’s death in 1952.

Miss Yocom [graduated from OHS in 1912 and from Oberlin College in 1916. She] did graduate work at the Univ. of Chicago in 1917-18 and then studied at the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School in 1918-19. She taught kindergarten in Youngstown, Ohio, public schools in 1919-20 and taught for two years at West Texas State Teachers College, Canyon, Tex., in 1921-22. After receiving her master’s degree at Columbia Teacher’s college in 1923, she supervised the Oberlin Kindergarten Primary Training School until it was closed in 1933. Orchard Kindergarten was established in 1925 to give students an opportunity for “on-the-job” training.

Miss Yocom became an instructor in the department of education in 1933, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1941. She retired as associate professor in 1958. She was active in the work of the Methodist Church in Oberlin, was a former officer of the AAUW and was a member of the Child Study Association.

In April 1968 she and her sister, Frances, ’21, and their sister-in-law, Mrs. C. Herbert (Inez Willis, ‘15k), moved from Oberlin to Copeland Oaks, a new retirement center owned and operated by the Methodist Church in Sebring, Ohio. Miss Yocom also leaves a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ernest G. (Ruth Tschanen, ’16) in Findlay, Ohio.

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, February 1969, p. 38.

Theodore Joseph Yocom

Theodore J. Yocom died May 11, 1966, in Salt Lake City. He was born Jan. 22, 1909, in Oberlin. [He graduated from OHS in 1926 and from Oberlin College in 1931.] A sales engineer with American District Telegraph Co., he had been with the company for over 30 years. He leaves his wife, Mary Brecht, ’33, whom he married in 1937; a sister, Margaret Yocom, ’25, of Bowling Green, Ohio; and a brother, Frank L., ’26, of Ashtabula, Ohio.

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, February 1967, p. 38.

Willis Herbert Yocom, retired electrical engineer
Willis Herbert Yocom, 72, of Bethlehem, died Saturday in Winsted (Conn.) Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Alice (Goodier) Yocom. They were married 49 years in May.
Yocom was an electrical engineer for Bell Laboratories, Allentown, for 12 years before retiring in 1982. He worked for the company in Murray Hill, N.J., from 1964-70 and 1942-56. Between 1956 and 1964, he worked for Varian Associates, Palo Alto, Calif.
He was a graduate of [Oberlin High School in 1936,] Oberlin College, Ohio; Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
Born in Oberlin, he was a son of the late Charles and Inez (Willis) Yocom.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and an elder and the dean of the lay academy there.
Survivors: Wife; daughters, Susan Kent of Leicester, England, and Jennifer Yocom Chapin of East Thedford, Vt.; son Thomas of San Francisco and three grandchildren.
Memorial services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the church. No calling hours. Arrangements, American Burial and Cremation Society, Danbury, Conn.
The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Monday, August 12, 1991, p. B6.
Willis Herbert Yocom [died] Aug. 10, 1991, while vacationing in Winsted, Conn. Born May 15, 1919, in Oberlin, he had lived in Bethlehem, Pa., 21 years. He earned the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Inst. of Technology. He spent 32 years of his 40-year-long career with Bell Laboratories, retiring in 1982. An artist, horticulturist, and amateur-radio operator, Mr. Yocom tutored Bethlehem high school students in several subjects, including physics, math, and music. Survivors include his wife, Alice Goodier Yocom ’41; two daughters, a son; a brother, John ’44; a sister, Patricia Frazier ’46; and an aunt, Frances Yocom ’21.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1992, p. 30.

Frank A. Yocum

Dr. Frank A. Yocum, Cleveland dentist and one-time Western Reserve athletic director, died in his office in Shaker Heights, Ohio, June 29. He was 77 [and was a 1910 graduate of OHS and a 1915 graduate of Oberlin College].

Dr. Yocum, who participated in track and football at Oberlin, paid his tuition at Western Reserve Dental School in 1917 and 1918 by serving as assistant football coach and director of athletics at the university. He also had been an athletic director at Cleveland’s Central YMCA and at the Goodrich Settlement House. He played professional football for a short time with the old Canton Bulldogs.

He was a founder of the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riders Club, the Orange Booster’s Club and was a founder, charter member and past president of the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club.

Dr. Yocum leaves his wife, Ruth C., daughters Mrs. Harry W. Kuller, Mrs. Conrad E. McGlamery and Mrs. Harold J. Rizor; son Samuel C. and grandchildren.

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, August 1970, p. 46.

Mary W. Youdell, Nurse
Mary W. Youdell, 86, a retired nurse, died of emphysema May 24 at her home in Arlington.
Born in Elyria, Ohio, Mrs. Youdell grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, [was a 1936 graduate of OHS,] and was a 1940 graduate of St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland. She moved to the Washington area in 1942 and worked as a registered nurse and instructor at Georgetown University Hospital and as an occupational health nurse for the Hecht Co. until her 1963 retirement.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Joseph A. Youdell of Arlington; three children, Marianne Duffy of Wheeling, W.Va., Joan Kisska of Falls Church and Joseph N. Youdell of Franklin, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The Washington Post, Washington, DC, Saturday, May 29, 2004.
Mary (Waldecker) Youdell
Born- January 4, 1918
Died- May 24, 2004, peacefully at home in her sleep, surrounded by her family.
Mary was born in Elyria, Ohio.  She Graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936 and St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1939 (Cleveland, Ohio).  She moved to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in 1942.  She was a nursing instructor at Georgetown Hospital School of Nursing.  She retired as an occupational nurse in 1963. 
Mary is survived by her husband of 64 years, Joseph A. Youdell and her three children Marianne Duffy (Wheeling, WV), Joan Kisska (Falls Church, VA), and Joseph Youdell (Franklin, NC).  She is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and her 21 great-grandchildren.
Her funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at St. James Catholic Church, Falls Church, VA.
Privately provided obituary

Alden Henry Young
Oberlin -- Alden Henry Young, 92, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 23, 1911, in Oberlin, and was a lifelong resident.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1929 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Young was employed by Oberlin College for 40 years, retiring in 1977 as a chef.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin.
Survivors include his son, Daniel Young of Oberlin, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Virginia (nee Lawson); parents, James and Floree (nee Tolbert) Young; brothers Robert, Louis, James, Maceo and William Young; and sisters Ruth Scott, Wanda Jones and Phyllis Young.
Graveside services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, 429 Morgan St., Oberlin. The Rev. Howard O. Jones of Christian Missionary Alliance Church will officiate.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, November 20, 2003.

Deborah Conway Young
Hendersonville — Deborah Conway Young "Supermom", 66, of Hendersonville, died peacefully Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at her home. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio and lived in Hendersonville for the past 7 years. She [graduated from OHS in 1963,] attended Denison University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She leaves behind her husband of 46 years, Robert T. Young; sons, Andrew Conway Young, of New York, NY and Matthew Torbert Young, of Plainwell, MI; grandchildren, Ava Elizabeth Young and Jack Sidner Young, both of Cumming, GA. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Home. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of arrangements., North Carolina Obituaries,
Lose His Life In Quarry Hole
James, Young, Promising Colored Boy, Is Victim of Drowning
Body Recovered
Lad Came to Surface But Once After He Dove Into Twenty Feet of Water

James Young, colored, a boy of 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Young of South Pleasant street, lost his life at the Nickel Plate quarry hole on the property of the Cleveland Stone Co., four miles southeast of Oberlin Friday afternoon. Young, with Stanton Hobbs, Jr., had gone to the quarry hole to swim. He removed his clothing and dove into the water at a point where it was twenty feet deep. He came up once and then his body sank to the bottom. Three or four quarts of water were found in the boy’s lungs.
His companion spread the alarm when Young failed to come to the surface. The property is under lease by the Oberlin Rod and Gun club and word was sent to Mayor Smith and I. L. Porter. They, with H. V. Zahm, superintendent of the water works, went to the scene, where they found George Jackson. The party made a grappling devise with ice hooks which Mr. Jackson had. These were thrown in at the point where Young went down and the body was brought to the surface with the first attempt.
The victim of the tragedy was graduated from Oberlin high school last June and was popular with his classmates. He was a pianist of promise and planned to enter the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the fall. He had been working at the Hobbs restaurant this summer.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at Mt. Zion Baptist church. Rev. Mr. Powell officiated. Burial was made at Westwood.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 13, 1925, p. 1.

Jerry Wayne Young Jr.
Lorain -- Jerry Wayne Young Jr., 18, of Lorain, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at University Hospitals of Cleveland, following an illness from birth.
He was born Aug. 16, 1984, in Oberlin. He lived in Lorain County his entire life.
He had been employed for a year by McDonald's in Lorain as a crew trainer.
He enjoyed computers, music and cooking.
Survivors include his father, Jerry Young Sr.; mother, Roseanna Watkins of Lorain; brother, Marquay McIntosh of Oberlin; sister, Jessica McIntosh of Oberlin; and aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lizzie Young Bryant.
There will be no visitation. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. The Rev. Kevin Dudley, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, will officiate.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, handled arrangements
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, April 20, 2003.

Louis Young Killed in Algeria
Was Staff Sergeant in Army Air Force Ground Crew; Death Result of Accident
A telegram from the War Department Tuesday brought official word to Mr. and Mrs. James Young, 45 South Pleasant street, that their son, S. Sgt. Louis C. Young, 38, had been killed in an accident in Algeria. No details were given in the telegraph, which stated that a letter would follow.
S. Sgt. Young, serving in the ground crew of the Army Air Forces since entering the Army two years ago, had been in Africa since last December. He had seen no front line combat service. He received his training in Orlando, Florida.
Young graduated from Oberlin High school in 1924 and left Oberlin two years later to work at the hotel Allerton in Cleveland, although he still considered Oberlin his home. He was a varsity football player in his high school days.
Two Brothers in Service
Two brothers of S. Sgt. Young are also in Army service: Alden in India and Bill in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. Other members of the family are Robert Young and Mrs. Ruth Favor of Oberlin and Miss Wanda Young of Nyack, New York.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 2, 1943, p. 1.

Marjorie B. Young
Marjorie B. Young, 84, Punta Gorda, died Feb. 12, 1999. She was born Nov. 16, 1914, in Oberlin, Ohio, [where she graduated from high school in 1932,] and came to Punta Gorda 37 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio. She was the owner of Grange Mutual Insurance Agency in Youngstown. She was a member of Peace River Shores Property Owners Association, Charlotte County Art Guild and the Arthritis Foundation. She was a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, John of Defiance, Ohio; a sister, Ruth Heimsath of Madison, Ohio; a brother, Truman Matcham of Erie, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cleveland United Methodist Church. National Cremation Society, Punta Gorda chapter, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Cleveland United Methodist Church, 28038 Cleveland Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33982.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida, Sunday, February 14, 1999, p. 14B.

Michael Patrick Young
Michael Patrick Young, 41, of Oberlin, died Friday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Oberlin, he was a 1971 graduate of Oberlin High School. He was an assembler at Nordson Corp., where he served as a union steward.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Central Star Lodge 73 F&AM. He was an area advisor for the Pythagoreans.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife Margaret Ann; son, Michael P. Jr.; brothers, Willi Young and Eddie Young, both of Oberlin; sister, Mary Helen Young of Lorain, Betty A. Perkins of Elyria, and Doris J. Jones of Oberlin; parents, Willie and Gladys Young of Oberlin; and grandmother, Mary Majors of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Otis Young, in 1983.
Friends may call today, Oct. 13, at the Cowling Funeral Home from 7:30-9 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Steen officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 13, 1992, p. 2.

Mildred Eleanor (Rosecrans) Young

Mildred E. Young, ‘26k, died Dec. 12, 1985, in Hilliard, Ohio. She was born Aug. 24, 1906, in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1924]. She leaves two daughters, two granddaughters, and a sister.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1986, p. 57.

Otis Young
Otis Young, 34, of Lubbock, Texas, former Oberlin resident, died last Thursday in Lubbock General Hospital.
He was born in Oberlin[, was a 1968 graduate of Oberlin High School,] and lived here until moving to Lubbock seven years ago. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; daughters, Latisa, Angela and Crystal, all at Home; parents, Mrs. And Mrs. Willie Young of Lubbock; brothers, Willie and Michael of Oberlin and Eddie of Elyria; sisters, Mrs. Mary Helen Wilson and Mrs. Betty A. Perkins, both of Elyria, and Mrs. Doris J. Townsel of Oberlin; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Majors of Oberlin; and a great-grandfather, Roscoe Glover of Oberlin.
Services were held on Sunday at the Southplains Funeral Home, Lubbock. Services in Oberlin will be held today at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Steen officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 29, 1983, p. 2.

Perry H. Young Jr., 79, Pioneering Pilot, Dies

By Charlie LeDuff
Perry H. Young Jr., an aviator whose career spanned more than 50 years and who was the first African-American pilot for a commercial airline in the United States, died on Nov. 8 at the Horton Medical Center in Middletown, N.Y. He was 79.
Mr. Young, who lived in Pine Bush, N.Y., had cancer, said his wife, Shakeh Young.
His historic flight occurred on Feb. 5, 1957. With Mr. Young as the copilot, a 12-passenger New York Airways helicopter rose three feet, hovered gently for a moment, then soared straight up from La Guardia Airport. Nine minutes later, the snub-nose helicopter landed at Idlewild Airport, ending the racist notion “that blacks could not fly,” said Perry Jones, the former chairman of the Organization of Black Airline Pilots.
Up to that point, commercial airlines had refused to hire blacks in any on-board capacity, even though African-Americans had distinguished themselves as capable aviators during World War II.
During the war, Mr. Young had also been one of the first black flight instructors in the United States Army Air Corps. Assigned to the 99th Pursuit Squadron, a black unit, he taught more than 150 pilots, many of whom saw action during the war. The squadron was highly decorated and went on to become part of the Tuskegee Airmen.
“Very few of us knew anything about flying—few blacks did—and we thought our instructors were going to be white,” said Lee A. Archer, 77, an African-American fighter pilot who destroyed more enemy planes than any other in the squadron.  “When I saw men like Perry Young, I was surprised and proud.  They were like minor gods to me.”
After the war, when the commercial industry was unwilling to open its doors, Mr. Young went to the Caribbean to fly. Over the next 10 years, he was in Haiti, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, working in various capacities: the owner and operator of his own commercial flight service, a contract pilot and a flight mechanic. During that time he earned his helicopter pilot’s license.
In December 1956, 17 years after he had earned his first pilot’s license, Mr. Young was hired by New York Airways in an aggressive campaign to break the color barrier in the commercial airline business. Within months, he rose to captain and flew with the company for 23 years until it declared bankruptcy in 1979.
“He was both an airplane and helicopter pilot,” said Mr. Jones, 63. “He would have preferred to fly planes. But at that time, if your skin was dark, so were your chances of becoming a pilot of any kind.”
After Mr. Young was hired by New York Airways, other men became emboldened to challenge the status quo. Marlon Green, a former Air Force captain, took Continental Airlines all the way to the Supreme Court in 1963, winning a landmark judgment that opened interstate commercial airlines to black pilots.
Mr. Young took his first airplane ride in July 1937 in his hometown of Oberlin, Ohio, just days after Amelia Earhart had disappeared while trying to fly around the globe. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1937.]
After that first ride, Mr. Young began taking flying lessons. He worked odd jobs while attending courses at Oberlin College, earning $9 a week to pay for flying lessons that cost $5.25 for 20 minutes. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1939 and dropped out of college a year later to pursue a career in aviation.
“It was not easy,” Mrs. Young said. “There was a lot of hurt but he never wore it on his sleeve.”
Besides his wife, Mr. Young is survived by a son, Perry H. Young 3d of New York City; a daughter, Linda Young Ribeiro of Accra, Ghana, and three grandchildren.
The New York Times, New York, New York, Thursday, November 19, 1998, p. B13.

Robert C. Young
Robert Carroll Young, 84, of Oberlin died Sunday at home.
Born in Oberlin, he had lived here all his life and was a [1927] graduate of Oberlin High School. He was employed as a cook at Oberlin College for 35 years, retiring in 1972.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and sang in the church choir for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Lenolia; a son, Robert of Oberlin; a daughter, Linda Gilmore of Forks, Wash.; stepsons, John L. Reeves and Russell Reeves of Atlanta, Ga.; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Petti of Mesa Wash., and Lucy Graham of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Alden of Oberlin; sisters, Ruth Scott and Wanda Jones of Oberlin; and 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, at Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin, with the Rev. Fred Steen officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 29, 1993, p. 2.

William Walton Young

William Walton Young, 75, of Palm Beach County, Fla., former Oberlin resident, died June 24 at the Hospice of Palm Beach County.
Born in Youngstown, he moved to Oberlin with his family in 1928, attended Pleasant Street Elementary School and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1944.
He then enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was trained to fly the P-51 Mustangs, later known as the Red Tails, at Tuskegee Institute and Airfield in Tuskegee, Ala. He received his wings as a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force and was the recipient of the American Theatre Victory Medal.
Mr. Young attended Brooklyn College and Roosevelt Aviation School in New York. He was licensed as an aircraft/engine A&F mechanic and employed by SHADA, Society of Haitian-American Development of Agricultural, a U.S. government Bootstrap Operation based in Haiti. He was appointed pilot/mechanic and maintenance manager in the Forestry Division from 1947 to 1953. He flew as pilot/chief mechanic for West Indies Airways from 1953 to 1955.
He retired from Pan American World Airways after 31 ½ years service as a flight engineer instructor, aircraft and engine inspector and aircraft mechanic. His assignments with PPA required online flight time as a flight engineer instructor to conduct recurrent training sessions for pilots and engineers in New York, San Francisco and Miami at the Pan American Flight Academy.
Mr. Young was honored to be recognized as an original Tuskegee Airman and life member of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., now becoming historically acclaimed as aviation military men of bravery, perseverance and unparalleled record during World War II. He was a current member of the Miami Chapter and a former member of the General Daniel “Chappie” James Chapter, Orlando.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Lois “Sunny” Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; daughter Catherine of Groton, Conn.; son William Jr.; two granddaughters; sisters Farrah Foster of New York and Berneissis Russo of Pennsylvania; one uncle; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry Henry Young, a Fiske Jubilee singer, and Edith Lucille (nee Motte), a founding soror of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and a brother, Perry Jr.
A memorial reception was held July 1 at Devonshire at PGA National Ryder Cup Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
A chapel service and U.S. Army/Air Force Military Honor Guard Ceremony will be 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Memorial gifts may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Miami; or to Hospice of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 4, 2001, p. 2.
Willie James Young III
Willie James Young III, 21, of Oberlin, died Nov. 12 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born in Oberlin, he had lived here all his life. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1994. He played both football and basketball at Oberlin High School and played in the Lorain County All-Star Games for both sports in his senior year.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and all spectator sports.
Survivors include his father, Willie J. Young Jr., of Oberlin; his mother, Sondra D. Young of Oberlin; brother, Jason Young of Oberlin; his maternal grandparents, Nila and Warren Brown of Omaha, Neb.; paternal grandmother, Gladys Young of Oberlin and great-grandmother, Mary Majors of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Willie J. Young, in 1994.
Services were Monday morning in Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred L. Steen officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 19, 1996, p. 2.

Mary Helen Young-Brown

Oberlin — Mary Helen Young-Brown, 64, of Oberlin, passed away suddenly on November 14, 2009, at Allen Medical Center in Oberlin.
She was born on February 27, 1945 in Americus, Ga. [and graduated from OHS in 1963]. She worked as a computer specialist at General Motors for 29 years. Mary was a member of Worship Cathedral Church in Lorain, where she was a deaconess. She was a member of the GM Bowling Team and enjoyed computers, reading, bingo and church activities.
She is survived by her son, Otis L. Young, of Oberlin; sisters Doris Jones, of Oberlin, and Betty Byrd of Louisville, Ky.; brothers Eddie Young and Willie Young Jr., both of Oberlin; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Young Sr. and Gladys Young; husband London Brown; brothers Otis and Michael Young; and nephew Willie Young II.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 19, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, November 20, at Worship Cathedral, Lorain, with Apostle Terrance Bivins presiding. Interment will be at Ridge Hill Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to

The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

Carol Ann Youngless
Carol Ann Youngless, 70, of Wellington, passed away Friday, December 30, 2011, at Elms Convalescent Home in Wellington. She was born February 21, 1941, in Oberlin.
Carol lived in the Oberlin / Wellington areas all her life. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1959. She worked as a telephone operator for GTE in Oberlin, Medina, Ashland and Gallion for 29 years, retiring in 1988. Carol also worked at Rax’s Resturant and Dean’s Deep Discount, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed reading, her cats, watching T.V., travel and bowling.
She is survived by her sister, Mary L. Youngless [OHS ‘64] of Wellington; and a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward J. Youngless [OHS ‘34] and Alean M. Youngless.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012, from 5 until 7 P.M., at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 10 A.M., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Robert J. Cole officiating. I n t e r m e n t will be at Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oasis Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11, Oberlin 44074, or C.A.T.TS. 39 W. Vine St in Oberlin.
Online condolences may be made to

The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 31, 2011.

Edward J. Youngless
Edward John Youngless, 68, of Oberlin died Sunday morning at Allen Hospital after a short illness.
A lifelong Oberlin resident [and 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School], he worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service here for 33 years, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Alean; daughters, Carol and Mary Youngless, and brother Leonard, all of Oberlin.
The funeral mass was yesterday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Rev. Robert Bonnell, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the American Heart Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 30, 1984.

Mary Louise Youngless
Mary Louise Youngless, 67, of Wellington, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic. Mary lived in the Oberlin and Wellington areas all her life.
She worked for Avon Products for many years in sales. She was an Oberlin High graduate in 1964. Mary enjoyed babysitting her cousin’s children and many others, bowling, her cats, knitting and collecting books, horses, and stuffed toys.
She is survived by a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward J. and Molly Youngless; and sister, Carol Ann Youngless [OHS '59].
Visitation will be Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 2 to 4 P.M. at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Funeral service will be held at 10 A.M., Monday, November 12, 2012 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oberlin, Father Robert J. Cole will officiate. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CATTS, c/o Nancy Matthews, 39 W. Vine St., Oberlin, OH 44074 or OASIS, P.O. Box 11, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Online condolences may be made to

The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, November 10, 2012.

Wallace Lee Youngless
Wallace Lee “Wally” Youngless, 60, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., former Oberlin resident, died Feb. 20 at Home after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1956] and Ohio Northern University.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin.
Mr. Youngless was employed at Oberlin Savings Bank, Rural Furniture and Elyria City. After moving to Arizona in the late 1970s, he worked as a volunteer for the Veteran Hospital in Phoenix. He also volunteered for a Hot Meals Program in Show Low, Ariz.
He enjoyed gardening, ceramics and working with leather.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Virginia (nee Greenwood); a daughter, Sharon Seekins of Queencreek, Ariz.; a son, Larry Witt of Overland Park, Kansas; four grandchildren; his father, Leonard Youngless Sr. of Oberlin; a brother Leonard Youngless Jr. of Brownhelm; and sisters Linda Worcester of Amherst, Mary Ann Johnson of Oberlin, and Peggy Hartman of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Services were in Sierra Vista on Feb. 26. A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, c/o Charlotte McGhee, 793 Charles Drive, Sierra Vista, Ariz. 85635; or to the local Hot Meals Program.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 17, 1998, p. 2.