July 30, 1968 - May 10, 2020
Jerry Ray Young Jr. was born on the Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, FL on July 30, 1968 to Jerry Young and Kathryn Roark. Jerry passed away unexpectedly in his Harlan, IA home on May 10, 2020 at the age of 51. Jerry grew up in Miami, FL and Camden Point, MO where he attended North Platte High School and Platte County Technical School for diesel mechanics. He moved to Merrill, IA where he met his former wife Beth Young (Boehm). They married in April of 1988 and had 4 beautiful daughters before separating 25 years later. Jerry worked for many years as a truck driver, diesel mechanic, and doing other odd jobs. In his early adult life he loved hunting wild game and training his bird dogs. He enjoyed restoring old cars, especially his 1974 Chevy Nova drag car. After becoming disabled and no longer able to work, Jerry set off on an adventure with his white labrador Whiskey. He packed up his travel trailer and they explored different lakes and rivers in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He often stayed in different campgrounds working as a camp host and doing light maintenance. While “down south” he spent time meeting new people, fishing, hiking, and collecting different rocks and arrowheads. Jerry spent the last few years of his life back in Iowa. He loved spending time with his 14 grandchildren. He also worked hard to become a Mason. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Ray Young Sr., his mother Kathryn Roark, and his grandparents. Jerry is survived by his children, Gina Lewis and husband Mathew of Missouri Valley, IA, Billie Jean Hazzard and husband Raymond of Harlan, IA, Cheyanne Tauke and husband Andrew of Earling, IA, and Jessica Young and fiance Daniel Conyers of Mondamin, IA; 14 grandchildren, Brady Lewis, Cory Hazzard, Skyler Lewis, BayLea Conyers, Beau Hazzard, Molly Lewis, Daisy Tauke, Carson Conyers, Maxine Hazzard, Barrett Hazzard, Tillie Hazzard, Cora Tauke, Callahan Tauke, and Tobias Lewis;, his former wife Beth Young of Council Bluffs, IA; his Stepmother Susan Young of Kansas City, MO; sister Carrie Muse and husband Doug of Greenwood, IN; sister Valerie Lumm and husband Matt of Kansas City, MO, and brother Travis Young and wife Chelsea of Smithville, MO; his dog Whiskey, nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday May 24th at Davis Chapel Cemetery, Dearborn, MO.
Jerry Ray Young Jr. was born on the Homestead Air Force Base in Homestead, FL on July 30, 1968 to Jerry Young and Kathryn Roark. Jerry passed away unexpectedly in his Harlan, IA home on May 10, 2020 at the age of 51. Jerry grew up in Miami,... View Obituary & Service Information
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