Wedsel Lewis Young Jr.
Wedsel Lewis Young Jr., 74, of Beckley, formerly of Oak Hill and Thurmond, died July 31, 2012, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Beckley, after a long illness.
Born Nov. 1, 1937, in Huntington, he was the son of the late Wedsel L. Young Sr. and Susan Brash Young. Mr. Young was raised in Thurmond by his loving adoptive parents, the late Blanche Young and William “Willie” Hartenstein, after the passing of his mother, Susan, when he was just a few days old. His wife, Drema Joyce Todd Young; son-in-law, Craig Williams; a brother, Dwayne Zinnie; and a sister, Sarah Young, also preceded him in death.
He married Drema Joyce Todd and together they had three girls. After living in Wilmington, Del., where Wedsel worked for the Delaware Battery Plant, he and Drema moved their family back to the home in Thurmond where he had been raised to raise their daughters. They lived there until 1994 when they moved to Oak Hill. Mr. Young became a resident of the VA Medical Center in Beckley in July 2007 after complications from a series of mini-strokes left him unable to live at home.
Wedsel was a 1955 graduate of Mount Hope High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He enjoyed fishing, Bingo, watching the greyhounds run, and conversations with his family and friends. Anyone who met him had no doubt as to his favorite sports teams, the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals (whom he watched at every opportunity), or his love of ice cream.
He is a former member of the Thurmond town council.
Surviving: his daughters, Susan Diann Young of Charleston, Izetta (Mike Roberts) Young Collins of Charleston and Lilly (Kevin) Williams Sears of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Chasity (Josh) Boyette, Ashley Collins, Adam Collins, Rachael Williams, Cassie Williams, Alexander Sears and Grace Sears; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Gabrielle Boyette, Angel Schoroeder and Kyler Collins; sister, Eleanor (Charlie) Tomczak of Delaware; cousin, Harry Young of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Donald Adkins of Thayer; his favorite grand-puppy, Skippy, and many nieces and nephews and his extended family and friends at the VA Medical Center in Beckley.
Funeral services were Aug. 3 at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Chaplin Mark Iobst officiating. Burial was at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, with military graveside rites by the Oak Hill VFW Post No. 3110.
Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneral home.com.
Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.