Harry Young, age 85, passed away March 6, 2019. Harry was born to Harry and Gracie Noel Young on September 26, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was one of seven children. Harry retired from J.I. Case Company after 40 years of service. He started as a “Trouble Shooter,” using his drawing and mechanical knowledge. After computers came on the scene, he then worked in various other positions.
Harry and his wife, Joan, met on the dance floor in 1986 at a Friday night Elk’s Club dance. They have a history of square, round, ballroom and country dancing. In many ways they have danced through life through their enjoyment of each other. They were married in 1988 and moved to Payson in 1998 after they both retired. In addition, Harry, his wife and daughter have been very active in the Rim Country Optimist Club, promoting vocational education and supporting activities for youth throughout the community.
Harry has often been recognized for his music and art talents. He sang in the choirs of Methodist Churches in both Wisconsin and Payson for many years. He also sang in the Payson Choral Society. His favorite art media was watercolor. However, he out did himself by completing one full wall mural in the children’s room and four partial wall murals in the lobby at Child Protective Services using donated indoor house paint. His artwork was part of a Rim Country Optimist club major makeover project completed during the summer of 2005.
Harry has always been very outgoing, friendly, and very willing to help others. He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Bonnie and children from his previous marriage, Scott, Brian (deceased 2018), and Vicki.
A celebration of life will be on Saturday March 16 at 2:30pm at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 Easy Street Payson. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. 360 E Coronado Rd., Ste 190 | Phoenix, AZ 85004