Alvin Russell “Bud” Young went to heaven on Dec. 3. He was born on April 22, 1927, in Bertha, Minn., to Grover Thomas and Sarah Mary Hawkins Young.
Alvin completed 12 grades of schooling and received his GED. He enlisted in the Seabees on July 26, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minn. at Fort Snelling. He transferred to the regular Navy on Jan. 24, 1946 and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on the 15th day of November 1947 at Norfolk, Va. He was a Machinist’s Mate L Third Class in the U.S. Navy Reserve until Nov. 15, 1952 with a total of seven years, three months and 21 days of military service. From boot camp, he went on a ship to the Philippines, was shot at by the Japanese who didn’t think the war was over. He went to Seattle, Wash. and to Treasure Island and San Diego on his way home from the service. He served on the Tuluga tanker and went into Arabia, across the Atlantic to Norfolk through the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea. In January of 1946 he went to Japan. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal which was issued on Jan. 25, 1946 and the World War II Victory Medal which was issued on Nov. 15, 1947.
After returning home to Minnesota, he met and married Della Mae King (Harne) on Aug. 11, 1950. They moved to Nevada in July of 1953. Bud adopted Della’s two young children, Gary H. (Harne) Young and Linda Lee (Harne) Young in 1956. He worked for the Naval Ammunition Depot as a Firefighter and EMT until the base went contract as Hawthorne Army Depot/DZB. He transferred to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and retired from there on Aug. 17, 1984. He returned to Hawthorne and worked for the operating contractor SOC as a guard.
Bud is survived by his wife of more than 65 years, Della Mae (King) Young; his son Gary H. Young (Elizabeth) and daughter Linda Lee Young (Kenneth Mitcham). He has nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Bud has been a member of Community Presbyterian Church, 7th and F Streets, since he helped build it in 1953. He served as an elder in the church and sang in the choir.
A memorial service, including a military service, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. following morning worship. A pot-luck lunch will be served following the memorial in the Fellowship Hall of Community Presbyterian Church, 7th and F Streets, Hawthorne, Nev. The family would appreciate your attendance at the worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1096, Hawthorne, NV 89415.