Garry "Cat" Randall Young

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GARRY RANDALL YOUNG, son of Berry B and Ruby (Fountain) Young, was born on March 4, 1955 in San Fernando Valley, California, and passed away on October 4, 2018 in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 63 years and 7 months.

Garry became member of Fairview United Methodist Church when his family moved from California to the Competition, MO farm at age 6.  He was baptised August 27, 2017 in the river, was on the board and joyfully served his church.

Garry was a Gardner School Groundhog and graduated in Lincoln, NE. 

Garry started his career at age 19 with Harrison Signs learning all aspects of the trade.  On April Fool’s Day, 1988, he opened up Young Signs, in Lebanon with his partner who later became his wife.  Garry was a great friend to many and will be remembered all over town, all you have to do is look up at the many signs.

On April 11, 1989, he was united in marriage with Loretta Rose Russell and this union was blessed with four children, all surviving, Ryan, Ashley, Brittini and Alex.

Garry was always all about the kids, he had a lifetime goal to rehabilitate young people that were at risk, teach them a trade and set them on the right path.

During his free time, he loved fishing, camping, floating the Buffalo, farming, raising Black Angus cattle, tending his prize rose bushes and fruit trees; he was passionate for sports, especially his Kansas City Chiefs and college football.  He put on huge 4th of July Celebrations at the family farm. Garry also enjoyed kicking back, watching westerns, MASH and Dances With Wolves.  He was everyone's favorite Uncle Garry, but above everything else, his grandchildren were the apple of his eye and he loved to spend every possible moment with them.

Garry was very civic minded, an active and long standing member of AUSA, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Fort, supported Yule Fest and many other charities especially those that helped the children and served on the Competition Fire Protection District Board.  He was actively involved in the Kiwanis, all of their service projects, fund raising and was 2006 Kiwanian of the Year.  He also LOVED golf, and running the Kiwanis Golf Tournament every year was a great way to raise money to help kids and play golf.  He also started the Hackers Invitational Golf Tournament and ran that for 16 years. He ran these tournaments and was active in the community as long as his health permitted him.

He is survived by his wife Loretta, of the home; their children:  Ryan Donte Fiveash and his wife Alisha Best, of Harrison, AR; Ashley Gwen Laxson Walker and her husband Wayne, of Harrison, AR; Brittini Dawn Blackburn and her husband Christopher Glen, of Marshfield, MO; Alex Randall Young, of Springfield; and Terra Rogers Fiveash, of Montreal, MO; grandchildren: Drew Ryan Fiveash, Landon Walker, Isabel Elise Jones and Evelyn Blake Walker, all of Harrison, AR; and Sadie Caprice Blackburn, of Marshfield, MO; brothers and sisters, Jerry (Bodie) Young and his wife Valda, of Lebanon, MO; Garry’s special sister in law, Joy Young, of Everton, AR; Perry (Big) Young; Harry (Goober) Young and his wife Debbie; Sherry Young Jones and her husband Fred, all of Phillipsburg, MO; Willodean Chatterton; Tom Young and his wife Verdie; Freida Mae Hudson; sister-in-laws, Beverly Tomlinson and Francis Young, all of Harrison, AR; He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-laws, Tommy Russell and his wife Mindi; Matthew Russell and his wife Denia and Karen Russell, all of Lebanon, MO; and a very special mother-in-law, Evelyn Russell; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sister, Larry (Bulldog) Young, Terry (Dink) Young, Kirby Tomlinson, Doyle Young, and Stella Hudson;  Granddaughter, Hailey Dawn Owen, nephew Rodney Lee Young and father in law, Robert "Bob"
T. Russell.

Visitation will be from 11-12:30, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Fairview United Methodist Church, with memorial services starting at 12:30.  Burial will follow in the McBride Cemetery, in Competition, MO.

For those desiring, memorial donations may be made in Garry’s honor to: Shepherds Pack, c/o First Christian Church, 500 S. Madison, Lebanon, MO 65536 or the Wright County Children’s Home, 528 W. Norwood Street, Norwood, MO 65717, or to the Fairview United Methodist Church, c/o Jean Cook 17076 Tulsa Drive, Lebanon, MO 65536 or any contributions may be left with the funeral home.