CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Thomas Henry Young, 86, died May 29, 2012, at the Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau.
Born June 28, 1925, in Fredericktown, to the late Samual M. and Grace London Young, he graduated from Randles High School, Cape Business College and later attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied personnel management and labor law. He worked in several positions for the Alton Box Board Company in Alton, Ill. He was the manager of the labor relations and personnel services for the company, the position he held at the time of his retirement. A member of the National Industrial Conference Board, Illinois Personnel Arbitration Panel and the St. Louis Industrial Relations Club, he was a guest lecturer on labor law at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was active in many community organizations as a board member and fund raiser, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, American Red Cross, Illinois Heart Association and the Salvation Army. Active in the College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Alton, serving as a deacon and on the finance committee, he also served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter as well as on the building, finance, budget and auditing committees. At the time of his death, he was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau where he was also active in volunteer work.
On Nov. 13, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, he married Mary Louise Howe who preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2003.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Stanley Young.
Survivors include: one brother, Van D. Young of Sacramento, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Henry Huffman of Ballwin and Paul Huffman of Murphysboro, Ill.; and three stepsisters, Arleen Tipsword of Scott City, Mildred Boster of Columbia, Miss., and Kate Kennedy of Edwardsburg, Mich.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter.
The Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter is in charge of arrangements.