Edmund "Dick" Young 95, of Ames, passed away June 23, at Northcrest Health Care Center in Ames.
Born (at a very early age) to Harrison Hurst Young and Ruth Marie (Sweitzer) Young, he grew up in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, a small industrial community on the banks of the lazy Arkansas River, where he remembered going to sleep to the sound of oil wells pumping in the night. He was a boy Scout, sold Saturday Evening Post magazines and attended public school where he enjoyed appearing in school plays and singing in the Glee Club.
His attendance at the University of Virginia and Oklahoma A & M College was interrupted by a war during which he served in the Corp of Engineers as a First Lieutenant. Returning to college after the war he met his beloved, Mary Elizabeth Stevens whom he married August 1, 1948.
With a Bachelor of Architecture degree in hand from Oklahoma A & M he went to work for an Architectural firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Returning to Stillwater, OK he partnered in establishing an architecture firm and taught half time at OSU. He obtained a Master of Architecture degree in 1961 from OSU and coming to Ames in 1970 taught full time at Iowa State University. As a licensed Architect in three states he designed a goodly number of homes, schools, public, Church, and commercial buildings in Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa.
Dick and Mary enjoyed extensive travel in the United States as well as Europe, Egypt, China and Mexico. He retired in 1990 to paint, write and travel.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by five children: Steven (Adele) of Knoxville, Tenn, Thomas of Tulsa, Okla., John (Lisa) of Lakewood, Colo, Holly (Chuck) Kellogg of Ames and Lisa LaFleur of Weatherford, Texas; eleven wonderful grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harrison H. and R. Thomas.
It was his good fortune to know love, accept challenge and to achieve for most of his life. His glass was always half full.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Collegiate United Methodist Church's Endowment Fund.
Memorial donations may also be made in Dick's name to the Northcrest Foundation, 1801 20th Street, Ames, IA 50010.