Olon Ottis Young was born the youngest of eight children on
August 24, 1923 to Oscar Frank Young and Hester Mae (Callahan)
Young in Vardaman, Mississippi. He died January 22, 2008 at
Casa Maria Nursing Center in Roswell, New Mexico. He is survived
by his two daughters and their husbands—Sharon and George
Lee of Roswell, New Mexico, and Janice and Eric Glibbery of
Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1943-1945, he served in Patton’s
Third Army during World War II, participating in the relief
of Bastogne and the liberation of Bergen Belsen. He received
the Bronze Star and The Purple Heart.
Upon returning home to the states, in 1946 he married Sylvia
Viola Jennings of Herrickville, Pennsylvania. They had two daughters,
Sharon Sylvia Young(now Lee) and Janice Rachel Young (now Glibbery).
Olon went to school on the G. I. Bill to learn farm management.
He managed various farms over the following 10 years, as well
as worked in various factories. In 1962, he started his own
business, Young’s Heating, Plumbing and Air Conditioning
in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. He retired from that business
in 1982. Until 2001, Olon worked with his cousin in Mississippi
doing the same type of work on a part-time basis.
In later years, Olon cared for his wife who succumbed to Parkinson’s
and its accompanying dementia. In March 2003, they returned
to live with their daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and George
Lee, in Roswell, New Mexico. Sylvia died in 2004, also
after a brief stay in Casa Maria Nursing Center.
Despite failing eyesight and poor hearing, Olon launched a new
phase of retirement life built around daily games of billiards
at the Joy Center, lunch with his friends, weekly bowling and
Sunday School classes, as well as volunteering with his political
party’s local endeavors. He joined the morning walkers
at the Roswell Mall and continued to stay fit and active. He
stayed in touch with friends across the country through a weekly
By the end of October 2007, failing health curtailed many
of his former activities and caused him to give up driving and
his daily pool games. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer
November 30, 2007, and quickly declined thereafter.
When told of his diagnosis, Daddy responded, “ Well, I’ve
had a good life, and I am ready to go, so I guess it’s
alright.” He will be interred beside his wife at
Memory Lawn. Funeral services are being held by LaGrone Funeral
Home, Rev. Rigby of the Church of the Nazarene presiding. Services
are to be held, Saturday January 26, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.
If you wish to give your condolences
online you may do so at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the directions
of LaGrone Funeral Chapel