Roy Albert Young, 89, Overbrook: Nov. 10, 1931 – Feb. 16, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Roy Albert Young, 89, Overbrook: Nov. 10, 1931 – Feb. 16, 2021

OVERBROOK, Kan – Roy Albert Young, age 89, of Overbrook, Kan., went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb, 16, 2021. He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Greenwood County, Kan., the son of Bert Tuff Young and Bertha Bell (McDowell) Young.

He was raised in Gridley, Kan., and graduated from Gridley High School with the class of 1950, where he played football and baseball. In 1952, Roy joined the Army, where he played baseball and served during the Korean War. He was stationed in the Philippines until 1954 and attained the rank of corporal.

On Nov. 14, 1954, he married Marjorie Rosela Laws. To this union were born Brenda JoRene, Roy David and Virginia (Gigi) Lea.

On April 29, 1972, he married Jackee Spencer, who had three children, Lori Marie, Shane Eric and Martin (Marty) Ray. In September 1972, Roy and Jackee adopted each other’s children. They shared almost 49 years of marriage.

Roy was predeceased by his parents; parents-in-law, Ray and Willa Spencer; wife, Marjorie; brother, Louis; daughter, Gigi; son, Marty; son-in-law, Steve Dennis; and daughter-in-law, Rene Young.

He is survived by his wife, Jackee; children, Brenda Dennis, Independence, Mo., David Young (Helen), Chapel Hill, N.C., Lori Young, Osage City, Kan., Shane Young (Debby), Overbrook, Kan.; sister, Marie Tennant, Pond Creek, Okla.; brother-in-law, Claron Cordle, Ottawa, Kan.; grandchildren, ShawnnaLea Zemanek, Ryan Young, Angela Lusby, Stephanie Hefley, Kimberly Wilcox, Tiona O’Reilly, Brooke Sheets, Shianna Roper, and Cole Young; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and many other relatives.

Roy was employed as an oil field driller by McClaskey, where he started working with his father during high school. He continued working in the oil fields after returning from the war. Moving to Kansas City in 1957, he went to work for Kansas City Power and Light and attended night classes for diesel school. His position at KCP&L was lead lineman splicer and he proudly retired after 37 years. He enjoyed the satisfaction of giving the community power again. After retirement he ran the Lincoln and Melvern township road graders. Roy had a servant’s heart and loved helping people.

He was a dedicated Christian, most recently a member of Topeka Baptist Church and enjoyed taking people to lunch after services. Roy enjoyed spending time with his family and attended ball games and activities for his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Roy was active member in the American Legion Post 317, where he committed his time carrying the flag for Memorial Day ceremonies and parades, placing flowers on the graves of those who served or fallen, and helping with the bingo at the Melvern fair. Roy was well known at the Veterans Hospital of Topeka, visiting on Wednesdays while Jackee attended Bible study. He would have breakfast and visit the staff and patients, and made many new friends.

Roy was a dedicated father and raised his three children by himself for nine years until he married Jackee and committed himself to raising six kids. Roy and Jackee then raised two grandchildren, Angela Lusby and Tiona O’Reilly. Roy was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend and Christian. He will be deeply missed and remain in the heart and thoughts of his family and many friends forever.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon, Kan. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Williamsburg, Kan. Roy will lie in state 4-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at the funeral home, with the family receiving friends 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon’s, American Legion Post 317, or donor’s choice, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan., 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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