Kenneth Elvin Young, the son of Edward and Mary (Christian) Young, was born on September 30, 1945, in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended Mound City High School, Mound City, Missouri, graduating in 1963.
Kenneth worked on the farm with his dad until entering the United States Air Force on March 17, 1966. He served his country during the Vietnam War as a Crew Chief on the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter. On January 21, 1967, Kenneth was united in marriage to Karen Sue Bennington in Rock Port, Missouri. They made their home on Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, California. Kenneth received his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant on November 29, 1971.
Following his discharge, the couple moved back to Mound City and became the parents of two children, Jason and Candie. Kenneth returned to farming until retiring only four years ago at the age of 70.
Kenneth passed away suddenly, Monday, May 11, 2020, at his home in Mound City, at the age of 74.
Besides his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by brother, Byron Young; and brothers-in-law, Ronnie Bennington and Dale Bennington. Survivors include wife, Karen Young, Mound City; son, Jason (Sabrina) Young, Jackson, Missouri, and daughter, Candie (James) McNealy, Humboldt, Nebraska; grandchildren, Dylan Young, Austin Young, Jayden McNealy, and Jaylie McNealy; brothers, Edward Eugene (Verna) Young, Richard (Delores) Young, and Robert (Lou) Young; brothers-in-law, Gary (Jayne Ann) Bennington, Rock Port, and Gale (Debbie) Bennington, Chesterfield, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Sharon Bennington, Rock Port, and Jane (Mark) Hausmann, St. Joseph; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 15, 2020, at First Lutheran Church, Rock Port, conducted by Rev. Franz Brandenburg. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mound City. Military rites were under the auspices of Paul P. Shutts American Legion Post #121. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Services were under the direction of Minter Funeral Chapel, Rock Port.