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Henry E. Young

Henry E. Young, 92, passed away peacefully at the Ohio Veterans Home, with his wife at his side, while in the care of Stein Hospice, following a brief six week illness.

Henry was born to Henry and Mary (Yeager) Young in their family home on State Street which was later converted into The Methodist Church parking lot. While growing up in Norwalk he was on the High School football team that won the State Championship. He was first chair oboe for the N.H.S. Orchestra and graduated in 1941. Following high school, he entered Washington & Lee University for 3 years, being interrupted by W.W. II. In November of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate Program while at W & L, becoming a Second Lieutenant. At the end of the war, Henry continued his education at Oberlin College, receiving degrees from both Oberlin and W & L. In September of 1946 he immediately entered Western Reserve Law School, receiving LL.B. in October of 1948, and passed the Ohio State Bar the following March, then joined the family law firm of Young & Young in April 1949, which he liked to point out dominated the legal practice in Huron County at that time. Indeed there have been Youngs practicing law in Ohio since Stephen M. Young, Henry's grandfather, was sworn in as a lawyer in 1872, and included a federal district judge, Don J. Young, as well as a United States Senator, Stephen M. Young, Jr.. Henry practiced law in Norwalk until 1992. From 1983 until 1989, he served as Magistrate of the Huron County Common Pleas Court. Henry was a member and officer of the Huron County Mental Health Society, and a member of the first Board of Huron County Public Defender's Commission, and was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to its Client's Security Fund, one of the first six Commissioners, serving from 1985 thru 1988. He was a sixty-six year member of the Huron County and Ohio State Bar associations. Henry had the distinction of being the youngest mayor in Ohio when he was elected in 1954 as Mayor of Norwalk, serving two terms. While starting his political life as a Republican, he is finishing as a Democrat, and had the distinction of serving as a Precinct Committeeman for both parties. Henry has been active in the American Civil Liberties Union, serving as past Board Member and Chairman of its North Central Ohio Chapter. He was a life member, and former Judge Advocate, of the Elton E. Mackin Detachment of the Marine Corps League, life member of the Firelands Historical Society, Young Men's Reading Club, board member of District AAA Auto Club, on the board of The Renaissance House until 2011, member of the American Legion Post #41, former member of the Elks Club, and was a life member of St. Paul Episcopal Church, Norwalk, Ohio. Henry had many interests. Travel, an avid reader and photographer, creating his own dark room, a great interest in audio, building his own electronics at the start of the stereo era, had a love for wood working, and enjoyed working with hand tools. A large part of Henry's life was spent at the Lake, chasing a great many Walleye and Bass at the family cottage at Oak Bluff. In the last 10 years Henry enjoyed, along with his wife, transporting to loving homes and shelters in Ohio, many dogs from across the country.

Henry is survived by his wife, Eva L. (Harris) Jeffery-Young, son, H. Edward (Caroll) Young of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, daughters, Ouida C. Chaffee-Young of Newton Mass., and Sheldon (Shelly) Kaufman of Fairfax, Virginia. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Henry E.M. Young of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Meredith (Capt. Tyler, USAF) Tucker of Moore, Oklahoma, and Karen R. Kaufman of Philadelphia, Pa. Henry is also survived by two step-daughters, Paula (Harry) Perdue, and Sarah (Bob) Butler, both of Milan, Ohio, seven step-grandchildren, Zachery, Alexandria, and Cameron Purdue, and Lindsay, McKenzie, Jacque, and Madison Butler, all of Milan, Ohio. He also leaves behind two beloved cousins, Mary Lou Adair of Xenia, Ohio, and Dean (Carol) Sheldon of Greenwich, Ohio, one nephew, two nieces, and many other relatives and friends.

He is also leaving behind his joy and companion, Little Miss Muffett, (bichon frise). Henry was preceded in death by his first wife, Ouida C. Young, son in law, Dan Chaffee, and his brother, William S. Young. At this time the family wishes to acknowledge the staff and nurses at Firelands Regional Medical Center, the Ohio Veterans Home, and Stein Hospice Service, for the wonderful support and care of Henry. Also, during the past two years his life was made so much easier with the great people from FRMC's Home Health Care. Thank-you Holly, Shaun, Roger, Sheri, Jennifer, Makala, Denise and all others. Henry was blessed with many of his angles, as he liked to refer to them, Joyce & Tom Sims, Chris & Al Sentzel, Joyce Jenkins, and his comrades from his beloved Marine Core League. Thank-you all for loving him so much. Semper Fi
Friends may call on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Paul Episcopal Church, 97 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Pastor Raymond Vance will officiate.

Acts of kindness can be directed to the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857, to Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, Ohio 44824, to God's Little Critters, 1609 Peru Center Rd., Willard, Ohio, 44890, to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758577, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or to the donor's favorite charity.

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