William (Don) D. Young passed away April 5, 2013, with his loving wife, Flora Mae (Sudie), at his bedside. Born June 17, 1926, to William R. and L. Ellen Young in Piper, Kan. He lived his entire life on his farm in northwestern Wyandotte County, Kan. and graduated from Lansing High in 1944. He played basketball and would rather read in the library then tend to his school lessons. He served in WWII and was stationed in Guam with the 1537th Army Air Force Base Unit. Don played baseball with his brother, Neil Young, and school pals on the Wolcott's men's baseball team. He married Flora Mae (Vanderpool) King on February 8, 1997, in Lathrop, Mo. He enjoyed traveling with Sudie, eating out, and trips to Salina, Kan. to visit Roy King, Jr. and his wife Zella.
Don was a farmer and took great pride in his peach orchard, which served many satisfied customers for decades. He loved sports, reading and family. He enjoyed attending his nephews and nieces sporting events and was an avid Jayhawk basketball fan. He enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and was especially fond of sweet corn. Don was a man of few words, but those words were honest, sincere and meaningful. He was extremely close to his brother, Neil, and his family. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Bonner Springs, Kan.
He is survived by his wife, Sudie, and brother, Neil (Peggy); nieces Jean Young and Karen (Jim) Lilleston; nephews Dale (Karel) Young and Mark Young; seven great nieces and nephews; two great great nephew and niece; numerous step children and grand and great grand step children from his earlier marriage to Orabe (Bea) Fleming-Young (deceased 1995).
We are grateful for the support and care provided by Crossroads Hospice and Golden Living Lansing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Cancer Society. Visitation will be at Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth, Kan., on Thursday, April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m., at First Christian Church of Bonner Springs, Kan. Burial will follow at Mount Muncie Cemetery.