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Samuel Eli Young

Le Mars

Samuel Eli Young, 30, of Le Mars passed away at his home on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.

Celebration of life services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars. Rev. Janis Christensen officiated. Burial service was 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Murray Cemetery in Murray, conducted by Rev. Jill Carlson Flyr. Visitation began 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home, 780 12th St. SW, in Le Mars. The family was present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday with a prayer service at 7 p.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Okitakoyi Michel Lundula. There was also one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service on Saturday. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

Samuel Eli Young was born Aug. 28, 1987, in Petaluma, California, to Bruce Arnold and Debra Jean (Wetzel) Young. He began his primary education in Tigard, Oregon, before the family moved to Le Mars in 1996. Samuel graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 2006.

“Eli,” as he was known during his school years, showed an early aptitude for music and took more than 10 years of piano lessons. He also played euphonium in middle school, high school and college bands. In addition to his instrumental music, he had a love of singing, and sang in the Siouxland Youth Chorus as well as school choirs. He also qualified for All-State Chorus all four years of high school. Samuel continued to be involved in music throughout his life and had the lead role of Harold Hill in the Sioux City Community Theatre production of “The Music Man” in 2017. 

Eli was involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, as a member of Troop 181 in Merrill, and then Troop 188 in Le Mars, where he earned the rank of Eagle in 2005. 

Following high school, Samuel furthered his education at Iowa State University (ISU) where he majored in materials science and engineering (MSE), earning a bachelor’s degree in 2010 followed by a master’s degree in 2013. He was enrolled in the MSE Ph.D. program at ISU until health issues forced him to withdraw. 

Grateful to have shared his life are his parents, Bruce and Debra Young of Le Mars; his siblings and their spouses, Isaac and Luciana Young of Ames, Nathaniel and Jerin Young of West Des Moines and Stephanie and Andrew Lyons of West Des Moines; grandparents, Dale Wetzel and his friend, June Bowers of Storm Lake and Dwight and Susan (Cushman) Young of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a maternal aunt, Jackie and Dale Vogl of Bloomington, Illinois; a paternal aunt, Becky Keen and her friend, Mark Hoffman of Elk Point, South Dakota; along with his cousins, Michelle (Vogl) Connell of Iowa City, Steven Vogl of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jenelle (Keen) McKitterick of Canfield, Ohio, Molly Keen of Los Angeles, California, and Michael Keen of Lincoln, Nebraska; and godfather Chuck Waldren of Petaluma, California.

He was preceded in death by his godmother, Joyce Waldren, and grandmother, Rosita Marie (Mathes) Wetzel, and will be buried near his grandmother’s grave in the Murray Cemetery.

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