William Henry ‘Willie’ Young, 87, former copper miner and construction electrician

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William Henry Young
William Henry Young

William Henry ‘Willie’ Young, 87, passed from his earthly life on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at his daughter’s home. He was born August 3, 1928, in Rose Hill.

Willie Young was a hard-working man. He was an electrician by trade and farming was his hobby. Even after his retirement, he worked on projects and growing vegetables and live stock. He was interested in raising hogs and cows, repairing things, building new equipment and studying the Bible. He always tried to treat people the way he wanted to be treated.

Willie lived a long and fruitful life. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years in Japan and Korea. He lived in North Carolina, California and Arizona. He was a copper miner in Arizona for 11 years. He was a construction electrician for 30 years and worked all over the United States on power plants, bridges and many other projects. He was married to Wilma Young for 53 years and lovingly cared for her in the last few years of her life when she was sick.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded by a son, Patrick Young, in 2012.

He is survived by two of his children, Michael Young, and his wife, Sandra Young, and Joyce Lorek, and her husband, Andrew Lorek; grandchildren, Jessica Young, Andrew Lore, Jr. and Amanda Lorek (Dewitt McKoy); and great-grandchildren, Kira Lorek and Holden Lorek.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, with visitation at 10 a.m., at Quinn Mcgowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Pastor Matthew Dahmer will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Watha United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Young, Andrew Lorek Sr., Andrew Lorek Jr., Holden Lorek, Chauncey Young and Dewitt Mckoy.

Memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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