Thomas Young

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thomas H. Young, 86, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Chateau Girardeau.

He was born June 28, 1925, at Fredericktown, Mo., son of Samual M. and Grace London Young.

Young graduated from Randles High School, Cape Business College and attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied personnel management and labor law.

He and Mary Louise Howell were married Nov. 13, 1943, in Cape Girardeau. She preceded him in death Oct. 7, 2003.

The Youngs lived most of their lives in Alton, Ill., where he worked for Alton Box Board Co., starting in 1944. They returned to Southeast Missouri in 1977 after his early retirement due to ill health.

Starting with Alton Box Board Co. as payroll clerk, his appointment to personnel assistant in 1947 marked his entry into the personnel and labor relations field. During his career he held several positions, being named industrial relations manager, paper board division in 1958. In 1970 he was promoted to manager, labor relations and personnel services for the company, the position he held at the time of his retirement.

During his career, he participated in several industry, personnel and labor relations organizations. He was a member of National Industrial Conference Board, Illinois Personnel Arbitration Panel, St. Louis Industrial Relations Club and was a guest lecturer in labor law at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Young was active in many community organizations as a board member and fundraiser, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, American Red Cross, Illinois Heart Association and Salvation Army.

He was very active at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton, serving as a deacon and on the finance committee. He also served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, Mo., as well as serving on the building, finance, budget and auditing committees. At the time of his death he was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, where he was active in volunteer work.

Survivors include a brother, Van D. Young of Sacramento, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Henry Huffman of Ballwin, Mo., Paul Huffman of Murphysboro, Ill.; three stepsisters, Arleen Tipsword of Scott City, Mildred Boster of Columbia, Miss., Kate Kennedy of Edwardsburg, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Young.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Dexter Cemetery.

Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau or the American Heart Association.