Obituary for Jim Young

Jim  Young

Jim Young, 79, of Atlantic, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Sun City West, Arizona.

Howard James Young was born March 22, 1936, to Jesse (Read) and Howard A. Young at their home in Madison County Iowa.

Jim attended country school and then later, attended Macksburg School, graduating in 1954. He was a member of the Iowa National Guard for eight years.

On June 10, 1956, Jim was joined in marriage to Joyce Denton. The couple was married for over 58 years. To this union, God blessed them with five daughters: Teresa, Suzette, Michelle, Jamie, and Jennie. Throughout their married life, they have lived in Winterset, IA, Libertyville, IL, Lenox, IA, and then Atlantic, IA since 1967.

Jim owned and operated a service station for DX, Skelly, and Standard in Lenox, Creston, and Atlantic. He also worked in factories for 15 years in Lenox and Atlantic. Jim farmed for 27 years as well.

Jim had a passion for woodworking. He especially enjoyed building many pieces of furniture and decorative items for family and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Meg.

One thing Jim really loved doing, was traveling with Joyce on numerous motorcycle trips and in later years, in their motor home. They traveled to 34 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In 2011, Jim and Joyce purchased a home in Sun City West, Arizona. They thoroughly enjoyed their time there. They treasured the time they had with family and friends in Iowa and Arizona. Jim and Joyce also cherished the summers they spent at their home in Atlantic.

While in Arizona, after a long battle with cancer and other health problems, Jim went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 18, 2015, at the age of 79. Jim's relationship with the Lord began in High School and he was baptized on October 8, 1964.

Jim will be greatly missed by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Teresa (Mark) Kezar of Lufkin, TX, Suzette (Patrick) Grady of Pleasant Hill, IA, and Michelle (Jim) Smith, Jamie (David) Newbury and Jennie (Dwaine) Kirchhoff all of Atlantic; nine grandchildren, Sara (Michael) McCarl, Justin (Jennifer) Kezar, Joy (Anthony) Tarver, Joshua Jacobsen, Samantha (Jeremy) Wohletz, Nigel Newbury, Chloe` Newbury, Cortnie (Brandon) Taylor and Cody Kirchhoff; nine great-grandchildren, Madison McCarl, Dylan McCarl, Alyssa McMullen, Anica McMullen, Savannah Kezar, Bailey Kezar, Raegan Foster, Brianna Taylor and Weston Taylor; brothers, Duane (Kathy) Young, John Young, Raymond (Pennie) Young, Charles Young, Larry (Harriet) Young, Gayle (Faye) Young, Robert (Mary Jane) Young; and sister, Connie (Larry) Dahl.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Howard A. and Jessie Young, his sister, Viola Briney; his grandson, Jeremy Kezar; and his mother and father-in-law, Carroll and Ada Denton.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Evangelical Free Church in Atlantic. Immediately following the service, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Jim's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at

March 22, 1936, Madison County, Iowa

Saturday, April 18, 2015, Sun City West, Arizona
At the age of
79 years & 27 days

10:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015
Evangelical Free Church, Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Don McLean

Samantha Wohletz

“How Great Thou Art”
“Give Me Jesus”
“Because He Lives”
By Buffy Barrs & Heidi Hinman, pianist

Michael McCarl
Justin Kezar
Joshua Jacobsen
Nigel Newbury
Brandon Taylor
Cody Kirchhoff

Delmar Patterson
Jimmy Smith
Ron Rogers
Dick Kesterke
Dick Nichols
Larry Nisson

Pat Magill
Phyllis Simonton
Madonna Nisson
Sharon Ludington
Helen Gearhart
Linda Shafer

Atlantic Cemetery
Atlantic, Iowa

Jim’s family invites friends & relatives to join them in the fellowship
hall immediately following the funeral service for lunch.

Memorials may be made to the family for designation at a later date to
Sofia House for Unwed Mothers, American Cancer Society
and Evangelical Free Church.

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