James Young obituaryIn Loving Memory…

James A. Young

James A. Young, 85, of Otterville, passed away Monday, November 16, 2020, at his daughter’s home in Boonville.

Born August 23, 1935, in Otterville, he was the youngest of two sons of Lester Lee and Mildred Elizabeth (Glenn) Young.

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Otterville School.

On October 12, 1957, in Kansas City, he was united in marriage to Martha Lu (Nelson). This union was blessed with three children. He and Martha Lu enjoyed 59 years together until she passed away on January 9, 2017.

Jim worked 37 years as a signalman for the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads, retiring at the age of 62.

He was a longtime member of the Otterville Presbyterian Church, where he had been an Elder and Deacon.

Jim was past president of the Otterville Fair Board, longtime board member of record keeper of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, past Otterville Fire Department board member, past member of the I.O.O.F., and active member and past president of the Otterville Senior Center.

He coached summer league baseball for several years and ran the scoreboard for Otterville basketball games for over thirty years.

His hobbies included fishing, golfing, bowling and traveling. He was a big Jeff Gordon and NASCAR fan and went to several races around the country. He also enjoyed his time spent at the Senior Center playing pool and cards.

Jim will be remembered for his quick wit and generosity. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include three children: Rob Young (Lisa), of Sedalia, David Young (Karen), of Warrensburg, and Aletha Odneal (Danny Green), of Boonville; twelve grandchildren: Candy, Brian, Dusty, Jillian, Rachel, Lacie, Michael, Amie, Travis, Mallory, Christopher and Brooke; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; a brother, Glen Lee “Red” Young; and his companion, Elsie Simmons.

Friends may pay their respects and sign the guest book after 8:30 a.m. Friday at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 20, 2020, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home, with Pastors Randy and Dianna Marcum, and Jeff Page officiating. The funeral will be livestreamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Otterville.

Face masks are required at the visitation and service.

Casket bearers will be Dusty Young, Mike Young, Tyler Arnold, Jalal Nabiyev, Jeff Clancy and Brian Randall.

Honorary bearers will be Chris Odneal, Travis Arnold, Jim Gochenour, Jeff Lamb, and his Senior Center friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Otterville Senior Center or Otterville Presbyterian Church.


11 Responses

  1. 💔Grandpa Jim will be missed by many families and friends… Thanks for being the greatest grandpa in in my kids life… they knew they could always call grandpa..
    will miss you but I know you and grandma-Martha Lu will be still there but just in a different way.😇. ❤️🙏❤️

  2. Sorry for your loss he will be missed very much and you are in our thoughts and prayers

  3. I will miss him-kindest, most generous of heart and soul, greatest father-in-law and friend. He touched many lives. My condolences to all.

  4. Paul and I want to offer our condolences to the Young family. Paul and Jim worked on the road together at Missouri Pacific Railroad. They also worked at the Missouri Pacific Shops before it was changed to Union Pacific Railroad. I know your families will feel a great loss.

  5. May you REST IN PEACE my friend, I know your wife was waiting fir you at those pearly gates…
    God be with your family, friends & all of us who loved you so much! Never forget the first time we met, you called me”SLIM”, I knew we would be buddy’s from then on!
    Blessed to know you… with love, from, SLIM🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  6. This man’s grandson, Dusty Young is my boss. Dusty spoke so highly of his grandpa. He must have been an incredible man. My sympathies to the family.

  7. Rob, David,Aletha & Entire Young family, Sorry to hear of Jim’s passed. He will be missed by all. Thinking of each one of you!

  8. Rob, David, and Aletha:
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. What fun we had when we lived in Otterville! I know you miss him and your mom so much. My thoughts are with you.

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