Chester Young, 80, of Osceola died Oct. 7, 2013, at Westview Acres in Leon.
A graveside memorial service was held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Grand River Cemetery. The Rev. Max Carmichael officiated. Burial was in Grand River Cemetery.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Leon, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Chester Richard Young, son of Ruth (Ward) and Fred Young, was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Richland Township of Decatur County.
Chet spent his childhoold days in and around Grand River. He attended country school in his early years.
As a young man, he worked the farm with his father before entering the United States Air Force. During his time of service between October 1954 and October 1962, he was stationed in California, Colorado, Ohio, South Africa, Louisiana and Guam. After his discharge, he worked in Des Moines.
On Sept. 3, 1967, Chet married Fern Luvella (Lockey) Austin in Bethany, Mo.
They bought a farm in Lucas County that he farmed until December 1994. They retired to Chariton.
For the past eight years or so, Chet and Fern lived in Osceola.
Chet is survived by his wife Fern Young of Osceola; nieces and nephews, Don and Marjorie Hewlett, Rita and Quentin Anderson, Bernard and Joyce Hewlett, Fred and Connie Young, Cindy and Mike Kauzlarich, Carol Young, Kathy and Bart Parker, Daniel Young, Bonnie and John Ingval, Cherrie and Jim Shumaker, Shirley Lockey, Evelyn Lockey, Wayne and Mary Lockey, Carolyn and Tom Dotson, Kay Harshburger, Robert Lockey, Joan Tatman, Mary and Gary Munson and Sondra and Mark Fodness; great-nieces and -nephews, other relatives and friends.
Chet was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Cleta Knorr, Doris Hewlett, Donald Young and Maurice Young; nephews, Bob Hewlett and Doug Young; and niece Connie White.