Dec. 14, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2017
Keith Frederick Young was born Dec. 14, 1922, at Lee/Gravel Ford, Oregon. After his father, Lorn Young, died of blood poisoning from a logging accident, he and infant brother Orville moved with their mother, Clara Moser Young, to the teacher’s cottage in Randolph, where his mother taught in the two-room school.
His mother later married Fremont Jeffery, and they went to live on his farm on North Bank Road outside Bandon. He attended grades 1-4 in Randolph and Bandon, and grades 5-12 at Riverton, where he graduated in 1941. He attended Oregon State College in Corvallis until November 1942, when he joined the Navy. He served on an oil tanker in the Mediterranean and on a weather ship in the South Pacific until being discharged in January 1946. He returned to OSC and graduated in June 1949 in dairy manufacturing.
After four years working in Oregon and northern California, he became dairy plant manager serving the military on Okinawa, where he met and married Donna Harris, a teacher, on June 9, 1955. There followed 32 years in the Far East. They lived in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines and Korea before retiring to build a home on the family property on North Bank Road in 1987. After retirement, they continued to enjoy traveling the world on several freighter trips in the Mediterranean and to Australia and staying in time shares in the countries they visited.
He was a dedicated volunteer for the Bandon Historical Society Museum and Good Neighbors Food Pantry, active at the First Presbyterian Church, Randolph Club, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed being outdoors, tending his vegetable gardens, harvesting the old fruit trees, reading, and attending OSU football games.
Keith died at home Dec. 29, 2017, at age 95. Surviving family members are his wife of 62 years, Donna Young; sons Ayden (Julie), Bruce (Jane) and Craig (Cindy); daughter Heidi Young Johnsen (Jeff); 17 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Orville Young, and wife Helen; and his sister, Dorothy Jeffery Stalley, and husband Robert.
A memorial service will be held at Bandon First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. Burial will be in the Bandon Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bandon First Presbyterian Church or Bandon Historical Society Museum.
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