Dale Riley Young, age 61, the son of Darrell Frederick and Dolly Marie (Butcher) Young, of Decatur City, Iowa, was born April 3, 1959, in Leon, Iowa. He passed from this life on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at his home.
Dale married the love of his life, Joyce Ilene Shultz, on April 14, 1988. They made their home in Decatur City. Dale grew up helping his parents in their antique shop and enjoying being outdoors riding his motorcycle, looking for arrowheads, and playing with the kids in town. He graduated from Central Decatur High School in Leon, Iowa with the Class of 1977. At age 19, he started working at the Decatur County Hospital where he became the head of maintenance and housekeeping. He joined the Leon Fire Department in 2011, was an EMT-I, attained Firefighter I, and held the rank of Captain. He enjoyed helping people and was typically first on the scene to fires and accidents.
He enjoyed Civil War memorabilia, Indian artifacts, and going to sales to outbid everyone. He loved teasing his grandchildren, sending memes, often known as Luscious Snuggs Pippen or Grand-Dude, feeding the birds, squirrels, and deer, and being with the love of his life, Joyce.
Dale could usually be found riding his lawnmower, pushing snow, teaching grandkids to drive in Old Red or the Kubota in the pasture, antiquing, or hanging out with his “bonfire gang”.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Darrell and Dolly Young; in-laws, George and Roberta Shultz; and brother, Dennis Young. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Young of Decatur, Iowa; children, Michelle & Rusty Anthamatten of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rebecca & Michael Sexton of Rockwell City, Iowa, Stephen & Kaycee Page of Spring Hill, Kansas, Robert Young, and Michael & Natalie Young; grandchildren, Mackenzie & Trey, Kayley, Daniel, Jake, Emma, Logan, Dave & Jaclyn, Ben, Makayla, and Samuel; great grandchildren, Cale and Becca; nephew, Tony & Ashley; nephew, Ashley & Rachel; and niece, Estelle; and many friends and adopted grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Burial will be in the Decatur Cemetery, Decatur, Iowa. Open visitation is Tuesday, 1-6 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to the Dale Young Memorial, c/o Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home, 103 NE Mill, Leon, Iowa 50144.