Willis Young obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Willis W. “Bill” Young

Willis Walton “Bill” Young, age 75, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Missouri in the arms of his wife.

He was born May 20, 1945, in Sedalia, Missouri, son of Willis “Big Bill” Jackson Young and Lorene Faye (Waisner) Young Casey.

On May 26, 1967, in Sedalia, he married the love of his life, Leah Isabelle (Scott). They were happily married for 53 wonderful years.

Bill was a graduate of Smith-Cotton High School (class of 1963), and attended CMSU now the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

He retired from the Sedalia Democrat, where he worked as a journeyman pressman for over 40 years. 

Bill liked to fish, camp, play cards, Chinese Checkers (marbles) and was an avid book reader. He enjoyed watching old Western movies and Sci-fi.

He helped with the construction of the New Apostolic Church here in Sedalia where he was a member, served as a deacon and vision of strength for over 40 years. His most memorable and timeless advice to newly married men was to say “yes dear” and always open the door for your wife, even the car door when it’s raining. Bill doted on his children and six grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loved his nieces and nephews as his own.

He is survived by his loving wife, Leah, of the home; two children, Sabrina “Sissy” (Young) Platt, and Willis G. “Willy” Young and his wife Lisa, all of Sedalia; six grandchildren, Willis “Grant” Young, Joshua A. Young, Benjamin N. Young, Steven “Riley” Platt, Brianna R. (Platt) Mets, and Alyssa N. Platt; his full brother, Ronald “Ronnie” Young, of Kansas City; a cousin he considered his brother, Terry Reichel, of San Antonio, TX; a cousin he considered his little sister, Jeanette (Trimnal) Lamers, also of San Antonio, TX; his wonderful and loving Casey brothers and sisters: Roxie (Powell), Debbie (Gorman), Trudy, Dean, Pat and Jackie (Hartley), all of the Kansas City area; and, his loyal little grand-puppy Todo.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his paternal grandparents, Laura Bell (Berry) and Harry Young, who adopted him and finished raising him along with his beloved aunt, Lois Reichel Trimnal (also deceased); his maternal grandparents , Burleigh M. “Berle” (Ragg) and George Clifton Waisner; and his brothers, William Jackson “Jack” Young and Richard Clifton “Sheriff Cliffy” Casey.

A private service for the family will be held at the New Apostolic Church in Sedalia. Speaking will be the Evangelist Rick Rehkop, Priest Rick Fuendling, Retired District Elder Ronald Sorensen and Retired Priest Carl Goeckeler. The service will be live-streamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. (CST), Sunday, October 18, 2020.

Honorary bearers will be Jamie S. Houk, Bryan J. Young, Joe Young, Milton “Bud” Scott, Joel G. Scott, Nicole K. (Scott) Rorabaugh, Dennis Humphrey, Donna (Myers) Young Trelow and in spirit “Little” Lanny B. Houk.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation or K-9’s for Warriors, in care of Heckart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 434, Sedalia, MO 65302.


34 Responses

  1. So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Many fond memories with him and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    With love and sympathy,
    Dennis snd Jennifer

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Bill (funny) picking on me all the time when I brought my dad Dennis Bartlett food to the Democrat when I came to visit. He was and always will be a great guy. He will sure be missed. Praying for piece and comfort.

  3. So sorry to hear about this. Billy was one of our closest cousins growing up. Remember all the old time family dinners, at granny’s when everyone was there. Such fun times! Prayers be with you….

  4. Condolences to the Young family. As cousins in our youth many fond memories of Bill and Terry at aunt Lauries and family functions. Bill was a quiet kind soul. sorry to here of his passing. God Bless.

  5. Our deepest condolences to the Young family. Bill will be deeply missed by all.
    My husband – Don Keller and I both worked with Bill at the Sedalia Democrat years ago.

  6. Sabrina and Family-
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts, prayers and strength are extended from my family to yours. Thanking of you during this difficult time.

  7. Grandma,

    Wish Cass and I could have been there with everyone to say goodbye. Grandpa gave us so many smiles and life lessons. He made the world a better place, and truly left a mark on each of our lives.

    All of our love,

    Josh and Cassidy

  8. Grandpa always prayed over the food and over us all. He was a wonderful grandfather. I’m thankful to have had time shared with him and that he was able to meet his grandaughter-in-law Mrs. Summer Young. Grandpa will always have a place in our hearts and will be missed. We love you.

  9. So sorry for your loss , prayers for strength and comfort for you and your family .

  10. Mom (Sissy/Lois) loved Billy like the son he was to her. She always wished that Billy and Granny would have moved to San Antonio with her, Dad and Terry in 1959. Of course, if he had moved, he might not have met the love of his life, Leah, or had his two wonderful kids, Sabrina and Willy!

    We have so many wonderful memories of Billy. Mom talked about the time she found Billy and Terry dangling their feet in the commode to wash the dirt off them. Or how she put a laundry basket in their room, but they still dropped their dirty clothes on the floor beside it.

    After I got married to my husband, Dave, Billy and Leah came to visit Mom, Dad and us in San Antonio. They came to our apartment and let themselves in before we got off of work. Dave got home first and went to open the door and Billy appeared in the window. Dave had never met Billy and here’s this tall, strapping man in the window. My poor husband wondered who had broken in our apartment for a sec!

    The last time Billy saw Mom, they weren’t able to talk much, but you could see how content they were just to sit by each other and be together.

    I always loved to listen to Billy say grace in his very deep and commanding voice; you couldn’t help but feel closer to the almighty.


  12. Dear Leah and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted knowing he is with our Loving Father.

  13. I am so sorry to hear this Bill was a great man husband,father,grandfather and friend my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  14. So sorry for your loss Sabrina and family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. We are very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort for the family in this difficult time.

  16. My heart is breaking for all of you. Although we know this day will come…it is never easy, and leaves an everlasting ache in our hearts. Bill was a very loving person who always had a smile on his face, and dedicated his life to God……He will be missed by many…….Big hugs to you all

  17. Praying and thinking often of you and yours… Please let me know how I can help. I hope you find some glimmers of hope as you journey through this valley. With Love and heartfelt sympathy.
    Mike and Sandra Eggers
    Lawrence and Alex Reilly

  18. So very sorry for your familys loss. He was a wonderful man and he will truly be missed.

  19. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! Ray and Colleen (Petree) Suppes

  20. Many, many loving memories of Bill, I remember as alittle girl going to The New Apostolic Church in Sedalia, Bill would always set at the back of the Church and I use to think that he was setting there so he could keep and eye on us children and make sure we sit still and didn’t fall asleep, lol. Bill was a great man of faith, he will be missed dearly, to my cousin Leah and Family. I am so sorry for your Heartbreak, may God lift you all up at this time. I Love and Miss All of you..

  21. Sadly another one of our finest examples of love, faith, joy and perseverance is called home by our Heavenly Father.
    When Bill became your friend, it was for life. I met Bill while serving in the Air Force at Whiteman AFB and we hit it off immediately. My fondest memory is of a rabbit hunting trip we took in the dead of winter, where I unceremoniously fell through ice into a creek. It was below freezing and a mile or so walk back to his truck. That event became a source of laughter everytime we met.
    I’m so thankful we were able to be a small part of a remarkable family, with Bill being the patriarch. He and Leah had a wonderful lifetime love affair, and it was always a joy to visit them.
    While we miss him now, we know one day we will all meet again, and never have to fear growing old and leaving our earthly home.
    Our condolences to the Young’s- Leah, Willie, Sabrina and all the families they now have. We are ever thankful to have been brothers and sisters in Christ, together forever.

  22. Leah and Family – We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers!

  23. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    We share in your sorrow
    We cry with you
    We also remember and as we remember
    We laugh and dance with you

  24. So terribly sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. You are in our prayers.

    Lori (Webb) McGinnis
    (John & Judy’s daughter)

  25. I am thinking of you ALL today and asking the Lord to give you His strength..today and in the days to come…I love you all..you have always been so very special to me.

  26. Leah, Will, and Sabrina,

    The service was a beautiful tribute to Billy. May God hold you gently in his arms as you walk through this difficult time. Our prayers go out to you from Arizona.

    With Love,
    Renee Mueller (Tom, Chase & Cole)

  27. Bill always made everyone feel welcome and at home. I never noticed his voice as harsh it was always soft spoken to me. Now his children might know different Lol. I will always remember him as a humble and welcoming soul someone you could always approach. He will be missed in many ways. Leah and family I pray that the lord Grant’s you his strength and comfort in this time. Love you

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