Robert H. ‘Chris’ Young, 75, Vandalia

Robert H. ‘Chris’ Young, 75, of Vandalia was called to heaven by his Savior, Jesus Christ at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at his home with his loving wife at his side, after a long illness of Cancer.

Arrangements by Hohlt and File Funeral Home, Vandalia. A Military Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at the First Baptist Church, Vandalia. Visitation will be 1 hour before the service 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m., prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Military rites will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia following the service at the church. Cremation burial will be private at a later date. Memorials to American Legion Post 95, Shriners, First Baptist Church, Haley Chapel Church, or Fayette County Hospice. Donors choice.

Robert was born on November 22,1932 in Ottumwa, Iowa, the seventh son in a family of ten, to Fred A. Young and Ora Jackson Young. He married Glenda Roadarmel November 11, 1956, at the First Baptist Church, Vandalia.

Robert had his parents give a signed consent to join the U.S. Army in 1949, 4 days after his 17th birthday. Robert spent the next 29 years in active Army and Army Reserve status. After his basic training, Robert was sent to Japan for occupation duty when the Korean War began. He was still 17 when he was sent to the front lines and in 3 major battles, the most memorable was at Chosen Reservoir. Robert has relived those times not only in his nightmares but in conversation till the day he died. Robert and his family had two tours in Europe, he had a second tour in Korea in 1960 and the rest was spent in Ft. Riley, Ks, Ft. Hood, Tx, and 5th Army Headquarters in Chicago. The Army Reserves followed in Illinois and Tx. Robert enjoyed telling the stories that he remembered about Elvis Presley, when Robert was the First Sergeant for Elvis’s basic training.

Following his retirement of the active U.S. Army in 1968 and was then employed at the U.S. Postal Service as a letter-carrier. He retired from that in 1988 while still serving in the active Army reserves.

Robert and Glenda moved to Vandalia in 1990, after living in the Chicago area for many years, returning to Glenda’s hometown. They opened their home, Beau-Meade House for the first Bed and Breakfast in Vandalia. Being world travelers, they enjoyed having guests from Ireland, England and many of our states.

Robert was active in the Vandalia American Legion Post 95 and the First Baptist Church, Vandalia. He was an avid sportsman in hunting and fishing, he was an excellent singer of gospel music, listening favorites were the Irish Tenors with John McDermott. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, and the Chicago Cubs.

Robert lived a very adventurous life. Robert was a completely kind, and gentle soul, with endless compassion for everyone. Especially the one that was overlooked, picked on, misunderstood, or needed a friend. He was a wonderful ‘Dad’ and husband, and excellent provider for his family. He had an endless sense of humor that brought joy and laughter to everyone who knew him or crossed his path on his endless travels. Robert was unique, to really know him was to love him.

Survivors: wife Glenda, daughters Kimberly Kris Romine (Ron) of Pana, and Debra Wildt (Kevin) of Niceville, Fla.; 2 grandchildren; 1 stepgrandchild; 2 great-grandchildren; 1 great-stepgrandchild; brother, Earl Young (Nora) Ottumwa, Ia.; sisters, Gretna Vest, Clinton, Ia., Marjorie Cullinan (Ed) Ottumwa, Ia., and Connie Rusbult (Charles) Ottumwa, Ia.; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death, parents, brothers, Clayton, Maurice, Dale, Charles and Raymond.

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