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Joseph Young

December 7, 1946 — January 14, 2019


Joseph L. Young, age 72, of Kahoka, MO, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 in Select Specialty Hospital in Des Moines, IA.

Joe was born December 7, 1946 in Kahoka, a son of Joseph L. and Ava Barwick Young.

He graduated from Kahoka High School and the following year on May 26, 1966, was united in marriage to Betty Schreiber in Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; four children: Terry Beth Young of Canton, MO, Tracy (James) Sturm of McLoud, OK, Chris (Carla) Young and Jody (Tommy) Amos, all of Kahoka, MO; nine grandchildren: Kelsie (James) Collins, Shaila Sturm, all of Kahoka, Shian Sturm of McLoud, OK, Brittany (Jason) Gregory of Meridian, MS, Bryan Joe Young and fiancé Cynthia Adams, and Dillan and Tyler Brammer, all of Wayland, and Damien and Destiny Scharfenberg both of Kahoka; eight great-grandchildren: Aliah, Brylie, and Lucas Bagent, all of Kahoka, Layne Kurtchoff and Abigail DeBlanc of Meridian, MS, Tommy and Paul Gregory of Meridian, MS, and Sophie Young of Wayland; two brothers, Alvin (Marilyn) Young of Montrose and Larry (Joyce) Young of Kahoka; three sisters: Jeanette (Wayne) Zinnert, Leona Young, and Vera Morris, all of Kahoka; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dale Schreiber and Carrol (James) Leisenring all of Kahoka and Donna Thurston of Emerson, NE; aunt-in-law, Helen Pearson of Kahoka; as well as nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Harry and Hazel Horter Schreiber; a sister, Wanda Davis; son-in-law, Danny Scharfenberg; and his brothers-in-law, Dennis York, Lyle Davis and Ernie Morris.

Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from March of 1966 to February of 1968. It was during that period that he and Betty had their daughters Terry and Tracy while living in Germany.

Joe was employed at Kaiser Quarry at Kahoka. The next 20 years he served as Deputy and then Marshall for the City of Kahoka. Following his retirement from the city, Joe attended and graduated from Vatterott College in Quincy with certification in electronics. He was an electrician for several years following until he was no longer physically able.

Joe had a laugh that you couldn’t forget. He was happy go lucky, but you didn’t want to make him mad. He was a huge Nascar fan and loved to draw. The most important thing to Joe was his family - he loved them dearly and more than he loved himself. It was not unusual to see Joe with a grandchild on his lap driving through the neighborhood on his motorized scooter.

Funeral services with military rites were held Friday, January 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Patrick Mutchler officiating. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his wife, Betty Young.

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Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.


Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Service

Friday, January 18, 2019
11:00 AM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

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