Dale R. Young, Sr. - August 26, 2012Dale R. Young, Sr., 85, of Hampton, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Bryan LGH Medical Center in Lincoln.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Aurora with Rev. Vance Christie officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Hampton Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 141.
Memorials are suggested to Hampton High School. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Dale was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Hubbell to Charles A. and Mabel O. (Slagle) Young. He grew up in Hubbell and graduated from Hubbell High School. On Oct. 8, 1945, Dale was united in marriage to Darlene M. Earl. He entered the United States Army in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1946. He worked for the telephone company in Cuba, Kan., before moving to Omaha and attending the National Railroad School in 1947 and 1948. Dale began his lifelong career as a freight and ticket agent, clerk and office manager for Burlington Northern Railroad in 1949 in Phillips and in 1958, they moved to Hampton. Dale retired from the railroad in 1988.
Dale attended and was active in the United Lutheran Church in Hampton, was a member and active in the Calvary Bible Church in Henderson, and for many years was active in the Evangelical Free Church in Aurora. He was district director of Boys and Youth Work, Central District (Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado) for the American Lutheran Church Men from 1971 to 1975.
For 52 years, he was an active volunteer for the Overland Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. His activities with the Boy Scouts included working with Pack 3 and Troop 3 in Hampton in many capacities, serving as assistant district commissioner, he was on the executive board for the Scouting Council and was still actively involved in volunteering at the Council Service Center, and he worked with the Area 7 Scout Camp. Among his many awards were Scouters Key in 1962, Commissioner Arrowhead in 1964, Wood Badge Beads in 1965, Order of Arrow Vigil 1965, Silver Beaver in 1968, Lamb Award in 1971, District Award of Merit in 1996, and James E. West Fellow in 2002.
Dale volunteered countless hours at Camp Augustine building the life guard tower, storage facilities, the shelter at the Hall County campsite, as well as many other projects.
Dale was actively involved with the Hampton community and the Hampton Schools. He served on the Hampton Public School Board from 1959 to 1965. He was appointed by Governor Frank Morrison as a member of the State Board of Education Service Unit 10 from 1966 to 1970; was Chairman of the Hamilton County Committee for Reorganization of School Districts from 1669 to 1978; and served on a committee of four to intervene in a Freeholder’s lawsuit against Hampton Public School in the District Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals from 2006 to 2008. He served as official basketball scorekeeper for Hampton Public School from 1959 to 1998; football statistician from 1963 to 1998; and was official statistician for Nebraska Eight-Man football Coaches Association All Star Game from 1985 to 1996. He was a past member of the Business and Professional Club in Hampton, the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the American Legion Post 141 for over 50 years.
Dale was given the Dr. O.M. Troester Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1965; AK-SAR-BEN Good Neighbor Citation in 1975; the Nebraska Athletic Director’s Association Award for Outstanding Service to Nebraska High School Athletics in 1996; and the Nebraska School Activities Association Outstanding Service Award in Basketball in 2000.
Survivors include his children, Pam (John) Janzen of Aurora, Jamie (Mark) Muramoto of West Valley City, Utah and Dale (Jan) Young of Friend; seven grandchildren, Tammy Janzen, Johnnie Janzen, Dawn Martens, Karen and Shawn Hanneman, Laura and Kirk Steffensen, Susan and Matt Kathol, and Christy and Aaron Svehla; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald Young of Fremont; and sister-in-law, Rose Young of Fairbury.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, on May 26, 2007; brother, Harold Young; sister, Ellen Fisher; and daughter-in-law, Sandy Young.