SFC Shawn Young - September 17, 2013Aurora resident, SFC Shawn Wayne Young, 44, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, as a result of a traffic accident in Indiana.
Services will be Monday, Sept. 23, 2013; 10 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 906 North California Ave., Hastings, with Rev. Marcus J. Mackay, Rev. Ben Siebert and CH(COL) Rod Armon, officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. with military rites by the Nebraska Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 8 p.m., with family present from 2 to 5 p.m.at the Butler Volland Funeral Home in Hastings. Visitation will also be one hour prior to service at the church on Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Shawn Wayne Young Memorial Fund, a college education fund for his daughters. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Shawn was born Sept. 22, 1968, in Lincoln to Rockford L. and Juanita J. (Wilson) Young. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1987 and was a state gymnast for two years. Shawn entered the U.S. Army on Jan. 26, 1986. He was stationed in Germany from 1988 to 1990 and was deployed to Bosnia from 1989 to 1990. He was deployed to Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1991 to 1992. Shawn served a combat tour in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 with the 561st CSG. He was on the Nebraska Army National Guard Marksmanship Team and was currently assigned to Det. 1 Training Site Command in Hastings. He was also a Calvary Scout for over 10 years and he was an expert marksman pistol and rifle. Shawn was a Range Operations Specialist and the military was his life. Shawn was awarded the following military awards: Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service medals, nine Army Commendation medals, and two National Defense Service medals and numerous other service awards.
He married Melissa L. Richter on Aug. 14, 2004. They moved from Kearney to Sutton in 2008 and moved to Aurora in 2012. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hastings, Sutton American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project, and NRA.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Young of Aurora; daughters Morgan Lomax of Aurora and Kaetlyn Young of Aurora; mother and stepfather, Juanita and John Tucker of Roca; father, Rockford Young of Lincoln; grandfather, LeRoy Watson of Fremont; brothers, Christopher Young of Roca and Anthony Young of Roca.