Howard ‘Duke’ Young

Howard “Duke” Young, 90, of Tiffin, passed away June 28, 2014, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.

He was born July 19, 1923, in Fostoria, to Howard M. and Elsie J. (Spurgeon) Young. He married Mary Ellen Lenz June 15, 1943.

Survivors include his companion, Bonnie Cook of Sycamore; two sons, Gregory W. Young of Tiffin and David Allan (Melissa) Young of Hillsboro, Texas; three daughters, Linda Lou Hohman and Mary Louise Peacock, both of Tiffin, and Barbara A. (Dan) Justen of Stow; one sister, Geneva (George) Boggs of Magadore; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen; son, Howard Young Jr., in 2009; two sons-in-law, Buzz Hohman and Tom Peacock; brother, Charles Young; three sisters, Frances Annon, Laura E. Lawhun and Rosella Thompson; and grandson, Jason Justen.

Duke enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving during World War II, and was honorably discharged Dec. 14, 1945. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, former owner of the Corner Market at the corner of Sycamore and Washington streets, and owner and operator of H Young Painting and Contracting. He ran for mayor of Tiffin, was past director for Beautification of Tiffin, past Seneca County Fair Board member and past president of Seneca County Health Board for 15 years. Duke was a life member of VFW Tiffin Post 2858, a member of AMVETS Post 48, Moose Lodge 846, Masonic Tiffin Lodge 77, Zenobia Shrine, Seneca Chapter 42, Clinton Council 47, DeMolay Commandery 9 and Tiffin Lions Club for 17 years.

His funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home and Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424, with the Rev. Ken Gillikin officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin, with military honors being conducted by United Veterans Council.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Wednesday until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice or Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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