Michael A. Young, age 70, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2017 at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay surrounded by his daughter, grandson, and close friends. He was born January 16, 1946, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the son of the late Alyce Virginia (Landgraver) and James E. Young. He was the oldest of four siblings.
On October 21, 1967, he married Dorothy M. Young, who survives. Dorothy and Michael divorced in 1984. Michael later married Jennifer J. Davis on June 15, 1991, and she preceded him in death.
Mike graduated from West Liberty-Salem High School in 1965 and from Miami Jacobs College, in Dayton, with a degree in Accounting in 1967. He was drafted into the Army in June 1967 and was assigned to the US Army Data Support Command at the Pentagon 1968-1969. Mike earned a business degree in MIS and Marketing Research at Bowling Green State University in March 1974. Michael was employed at Marathon Oil Company in Findlay where he worked as a Computer Systems Analyst. Mike received the Distinguished Award from the Association for Systems Management where he also served as a national officer. He retired after nearly 38 years from Marathon Oil Company in November 2004.
He is survived by his daughter, Alicia, Findlay; grandson, Dylan, Bowling Green; brothers, Christopher (Kathy) Young, Findlay and Brian (Angela) Young, Maineville; sister, Shelley, Mentor, Ohio; 3 nieces, 2 nephews, and companion, Judy Frey. He was preceded in death by grandparents Lorena (Landgraver) and Ross McIlvain.
Michael was dedicated to supporting veterans in Findlay and throughout Ohio. He was a charter member and first treasurer of the Findlay Honor Flight and supported the organization until his death. He dedicated his time to supporting the American Legion, Ralph D. Cole Post 3 as Post Commander, 1st District Commander and Sergeant-at-Arms. He also was a member and delegate of the Sons of the American Legion (SAL) and attended Boys State at Bowling Green State University as well as many Veterans’ Day celebrations at area schools and the annual Veteran’s Day parade.
He kept busy with home improvement projects, side businesses including photography, leatherworking, making fly fishing lures, woodworking, accounting and tax preparation. He enjoyed spending time with family especially his daughter and grandson, bicycling with the Hancock Handlebars Bicycle Club, volunteering with the Red Cross’ Disaster Action Team and Holidays for Heroes. Mike’s hobbies included attending dog shows with his prized Japanese Chin and Pumi dogs, watching NASCAR and Ohio State Buckeyes, playing golf and traveling with family and friends. He was known for his OSU vs UM chili parties, Just Dawgs hot dog venture, volunteerism, and love of animals, especially his beloved dogs Cara, Liam and Spirit.
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael Church – East, 750 Bright Road, on December 16th at 10 a.m. followed by military honors, and a lunch sponsored by the American Legion Post 3 at 120 W. Front Street in Findlay. In lieu of flowers, honorary donations may be made to the American Red Cross or the American Legion, Ralph D. Cole, Post #3 Scholarship Fund, 120 W. Front Street, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
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