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Dennis Oliver Young, age 73, of Carthage Missouri, passed away at his home on Monday afternoon, July 17, 2017. Dennis was born on Tuesday, November 16, 1943, in Martinsburg, Missouri, to Dennis Young and Ruby Marie (Gardner) Young. Dennis graduated from Golden City High School, where he ran track, in May of 1962.
Dennis married Leota (Stuart) Young on July 18, 1964, in Hallsville MO. They have two children, Roxanna Sue McMillan of Webb City, MO, and Curtis Alan Young of Cameron, MO. Dennis married Karen Diane (Shiffner) Goodman on August 11, 2007, in Stockton MO. She survives of the home.
Dennis went to work for WL French as a lineman when he was 18 years old, straight out of high school. He worked there for about 10 years before going to work as a lineman for the city of Columbia, MO. He then went work for NW Electric in Cameron, MO, where he worked for 10 years. While working at NW Electric, he also started building substations that send and receive power from the big distribution lines. After leaving NW Electric in 1984, he went to work for IBEW Local Union 53 out of Kansas City MO, working for several different contractors: PAR Electric, ALLMAT Electric, B&L Electric, and Capital Electric, just to name a few. He retired from PAR Electric in November, 2005.
Dennis was a hard working man who always made sure his family had what they needed. He would take on small jobs on the side, like wiring barns or working at the rodeo grounds taking care of the lighting, just to make extra money to provide for his family. Dennis wasn’t just a lineman, he also loved the challenge of building new substations. As a matter of fact, every sub he ever built or worked on has a dime out of his pocket wired into the control panel somewhere. He always said he did that so he could say he had at least put his ten cents worth into it.
Dennis was a very family oriented person. He loved his children and his grandchildren more than anything in this world. Material things didn’t mean much to him, but the love of family did. He enjoyed old time country music, squirrel and rabbit hunting with an occasional turkey shoot, and taking float trips down the river, fishing along the way with his kids. Back in his younger days he enjoyed riding horses, but he sure didn’t like to land in the dirt. After he retired he moved to Stockton, MO and bought a big Party Barge Boat that he liked taking out on the water to do some serious fishing with family and friends. At the end of his life you could always find Dennis drinking his “Glass of Courage”, which was Black Velvet Whiskey mixed with Diet Coke, leaning up against the deck rail or the kitchen cabinet. He still loved to listen to his country music and watch old westerns.
Dennis received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on Sunday April 23, 1978. He was baptized by Reverend Russell Hyatt at the White Gate Baptist Church in Tuscumbia, MO.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Ruby Young; brothers, Franklin Lee Stuart and Floyd Price Stuart; and a sister, Aretta Louise (Stuart) Cooperider.
He is survived by his wife Karen; his children, Roxanna McMillan and Curtis Alan Young and wife Lori; three step-children; six grandchildren: Holly Marie Rindom Palmer and husband Jonathan of Crestline, KS, Lauren Elizabeth Young of Webb City, MO, Sebastian Bryce Young and fiancé Samantha of Olympia, WA, and William Christopher McMillan and wife Janae of Webb City, MO, Shelby Lynn Christo of Cameron, MO, and Emma Leigh Cathleen Quigley of Cameron, MO; nine step-grandkids; four great-grandchildren: Josiah Palmer, Jeremiah Palmer, Gracelynn McMillan, and Aniah Palmer; three brothers: Irwin Oscar Stuart of Highlandville, MO, Benjamin Franklin Young and wife Frances of Boonville, MO, and Harry Edward Young and wife Sandy of Kirksville, MO; sister, Betty Darlene Harris of Lamar, MO; and a whole slue of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Dennis Young were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenfield Cemetery, just south of Jerico Springs, MO. Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: William “Chris” McMillan, Gus Stone, Trent Young, Jerry Harris, Jeffrey Harris, and Kurt Morlan.