Alan Duane Young, 69, Wichita: March 26, 1951 – Dec. 7, 2020

WICHITA, Kan. – Alan Duane Young passed away Dec. 7, 2020, at the age of 69. He was born March 26, 1951, in Topeka, Kan., to Owen “Duane” and Veva (Tompkins) Young.

Alan married his high school sweetheart Linda in 1972.They became owners of Melvern Grain Inc. that same year. They lived in Melvern, Kan., and raised two daughters there until they sold the business in 1979. Alan remained in the agriculture field the rest of his life.In 1980, he joined the merchandising team of C-G-F Grain Company Inc., Topeka, Kan. That summer he moved his family to Topeka. In 1983, C-G-F Grain was sold to Cargill Inc. After serving 37 years with Cargill and Ardent Mills, he retired.

He was also a 44-year member of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association and served on the KGFA Scholarship committee. Alan loved charity work. He served on the Cargill Cares Committee, Habitat for Humanity, and Mennonite Housing. In 2006, Alan was part of a Mennonite team that built seven single family homes in a record breaking six months. He clocked 906 hours and received a letter of recognition and a volunteer lapel pin from President George W. Bush. This was the one thing he was most proud of.

Since their move to Wichita in 1992, Alan and Linda have helped many young people get through growing pains. They have all traveled from afar to thank him for being there for them, when no one else was. The past three years Alan dedicated every daylight hour working on the pond in the backyard. It was completed by Kansas Dirt and Landscape on Dec. 1. The crew carefully carried him down stairs to show him the finished water feature, which was given his seal of approval.

Alan was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Loretta Latta.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Young; daughters, Sherry (Beau) Stavig, and Tina (Todd) Hallacy; grandchildren, Wyatt, Dalten, Haley, Savannah, Naomi, Makayla, Alanna, and Jayla; and brothers, Mark (Terry) Young and Mick (Michelle) Young.

Services are being planned for spring of 2021.

Memorials are to be established with Eagle Valley Raptor Center, Cheney, Kan., and the Kansas Food Bank, two organizations that have always been near and dear to Alan. Memorials can be sent in care of Cochran Mortuary, 1411 N. Broadway Ave., Wichita, KS 67214. See www.cochranmortuary.com.

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