William Perry Young

William Perry Young

Perry Young, 85, of Lake of Egypt, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Herrin Hospital in Herrin.

He was born on May 6, 1937, in Guston, Ky., a son of Robert R. and Minnie E. Long  Young.

He grew up in Guston, Ky., and attended Meade County High School.  He went to Western Kentucky University, earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial technology and education.  

He married his first wife, Judith M. Gleim, in Owensboro, Ky., on June 8, 1958.  

He taught at Western Kentucky University for three years. In 1961 they moved to Normal, where he taught at Illinois State University and University High School. He retired in 1993 and moved to Lake of Egypt. 

Judith died on June 7, 1996. He remarried on March 8, 1997, in Anna, to Janet L. Robinson.  

Mr. Young was very active in the Lake of Egypt area in his retirement. He built houses and enjoyed woodworking.  

He was active with the Lake of Egypt Fire Department and construction of the fire station.  He was also active with the creation of the Lake of Egypt Water Dept.  

Mr. Young served on the Illinois State Fire Protection Board, the Lake of Egypt Water Board, was the past president of Eagle Point Bay Home Owners Association and past president of Lake of Egypt Property Owners Association. For many years he was a volunteer at the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge.     

He is survived by his wife Janet L. Young of Goreville; three children, Carl C. (Mary) Young of Sun City West, Ariz., Jennifer E. (Mark) Tompkins of Orlando, Fla., and Cheri (Adam) Galan of Alameda, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Taylor D. Young, Carlee Y. (Matthew) Fritz, Mason D. Young, Natalie K. Tompkins, Nathan-Andrew (Alyssa) Tompkins, Garrett-Adam Tompkins, Shayanne (Jonathan) Elliott, Derek Galan and Jacob Galan; four great-grandchildren, Sophia Tompkins, Linceo Young, Colton Tompkins and Bennett Fritz; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert R. and Minnie E. Young Sr.; three siblings, Robert R. Young Jr., Lloyd D. Young and Laura Ellen Brown; and his first wife, Judith Mae Young.

Burial will be at Cap Anderson Cemetery in Brandenburg, Ky., at a later date. Blue Funeral Home in Goreville is assisting the family with arrangements.  


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