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Al Young

Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Al Young, 86, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Scott and White Hospital following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bonnie Jean Kilpatrick Young. They were married in Girard, Texas, on Sept. 19, 1953. He is also survived by son Dennis Young and his wife Elaine; son Kerry Young and his fiancé Jennifer; and his daughter, Teresa Cormier, and her husband Keith. Al Young is also survived by his grandchildren, Anna Young Strickler and her husband Tom, Dean Young and his wife Kelsey, John Young, Corey Cormier, Christopher Cormier and Caleb Cormier. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter, Emma Strickler.

Al was born and raised in the small west Texas town of Girard, and until he died it was always home to him. He was the son of Dean Jay Young and Mary Duke Young. Al married Bonnie Kilpatrick in 1953 and from that point on they were always known to friends as Al and Bonnie. During his life he also lived in Snyder, Lubbock and Killeen, Texas.

His early life was spent on teaching science in the Snyder school system and creating an educational business. Eventually he moved to Lubbock and was a salesman for an educational software company until he retired. After retirement he and Bonnie moved to Killeen to be near family. In Killeen he started a new venture, real estate development and investment. He stayed active in it until the day he died.

Over the course of his life, Al worked to take care of his family. He was involved in a local church and he valued contributing quietly to different charities and individuals. Al never stopped learning. He died while still sharp of mind and young at heart. Al was known to most as a storyteller. Those who met him were blessed with a tale, story or memory that made you think or laugh. His stories were often about people who made up his early days growing up in Girard, and reminded you to appreciate the simple things, to always keep your friends close and to never take life too seriously. We will forever love and miss his presence.

Services were held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the South-side Church of Christ, in Killeen. Graveside services followed at Live Oak Cemetery in Young-sport, Texas.

Donations can be made to the Live Oak Cemetery Association Endowment Fund, Attn: Glen Collins, 13245 State Hwy 195, Youngsport, TX 76542, or to the Sunset International Bible Institute, 3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410.

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