Thomas Edward “Tom” Young

December 19, 1947 ‒ April 16, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: The Apostle Paul knew his earthly time was at hand when he wrote his second epistle to Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith…” And these words apply to Tom Young. Like Paul, there is in store a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to him – and to all who long for his appearing.

Thomas Edward Young went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, April 16, 2019 in his home, surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 71.

He was born December 19, 1947 in Shelby to parents Duane “Bud” & Bonnie (Campbell) Young. After he was graduated from Plymouth High School with the class of 1965, he proudly served his country by joining the US Navy.

A beautiful young lady named Rebecca Collier caught his eye and the pair were married on April 11, 1981.

Tom worked at GM over 30 years. His favorite jobs included working on the mowing crew and as a tow motor operator, until retiring in 2008. He was a member at Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church. Having completed the Theological Practorium through the Grace Brethren denomination, he began his relentless pursuit of God’s word, not just for himself but to be able to share with others. This pursuit culminated in the writing of his own blog entitled “Grace and Truth” which reached people all over the world. Recently he had been attending Ashland Grace Brethren Church.

In spare time, he was an avid golfer, no matter the weather. He also enjoyed being on his tractors, he would even mow the neighbors’ yards just for his own enjoyment. But above all, Tom cherished his family and any time he could spend with them and his beloved fur-baby Coco who was by his side until the end.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Becky Young; children Shelly (Blair) Sturts, John-Mark (Megan) Young, Andrew (Carolyn) Young; grandchildren Zane, Clay, Emma, Olivia, Bella, Nash, Landrie, Caleb and Kate; siblings Bob (Marianne) Young, Steve (Kay) Young, Ann (Jeff) Williams and Kay Cochran; his mother-in-law Lois Gotterbarm; parents-in-law Myron & Pat Collier; sister-in-law Betsy (Mark) Lutz; numerous nieces nephews and extended family.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by brother Jon Young; brother-in-law Jim Cochran; father-in-law Robert Gotterbarm.

The Young family will receive friends Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Tom’s life will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. Pastor Les Vnasdale will speak. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in Tom’s memory to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) or Hospice of NCO may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you (and the whole family). We look forward to being together again when we all get to heaven–what a day of rejoicing that will be!
    John & Sandy Skulski

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. His pain is over and he is playing golf in heaven. Love and hugs to you.
    Love Kyle and Jeff Rauzi

  • Dear Becky and Family,
    Ken , Ellen ,Connie, Brad and Beth send our Love and Condolences.
    We know how hard he fought and is now being held by our lord , Jesus Christ.
    Ken is remembering him having such a smile on his face always…That will be a memory Ken will hold dear to his heart..
    With Love and Faith that we will see him again.
    Ken Starling and family

  • Tom was a friend from High School & my memories of him are filled with many joyess times. It brings us so much sadness to hear of his passing. We followed his fight with cancer thru Facebook. What a courageous man he was & without a doubt a true man of faith. Our sincere sympathy to his loving family. We pray for all of you to have strength to say your goodbyes & cherish the many beautiful memories you created with Tom. RIP Tom. You will be missed!!

  • Our condolences are with you all as you journey through this season of your loved one’s passing. We will continue prayers for the family….
    Dave and Deb Poole

  • Thoughts and prayers for the family. Cherish the memories for he will always reside in your heart. God Bless.

  • So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing! May God bless you & your family with His peace & comfort!

  • We are very sad to hear about Tom’s passing. He is rejoicing with our Lord and Savior. Prayers for all of you (the whole family) during this time. May God give you peace with strength that brings joy in heartbreak. One day we will be rejoicing with him.
    Sincerely In Christ- Bill and Tonya Flanegan

  • Becky, My heart is heavy with sadness for you and your family. Know I am here for you. Hugs and prayers. Love you dear friend.

  • Becky, My heart is heavy with sadness for you and your family. Know I am here for you. Hugs and prayers. Love you dear friend.

    Patty Heichel

  • Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May God grace you & with strength and surround you with all of those who know & love you 😘🙏🏻.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Many great years of being neighbors. Thanks for everything. If we help you with anything, please call on us.
    Leslie and Paul Nielsen

  • My lifelong friend Becky & Family,
    Words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart. Please know I am here for you my friend. All my love,

  • Becky and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Tom and I worked together at GM and we were friends. We had many discussions about the Bible and God’s meaning for our lives. I followed his blog and we kept in touch through different media sources. Tom and I shared stories about our families and loved ones. I will always have fond memories of Tom, his love of God, his laughter, his stories and his sense of humor.

  • Shelly and family,
    I hope that you truly feel that he is at peace and pain free now. I understand what you are feeling right now. It sucks.
    Your Friend,
    Erin Underwood

  • So sorry for your loss Becky! Thoughts and prayers for your family at this time! 🙏🏻💕

  • I was in school with Tom. My though and prayers are with you all.His pain is over and he is heaven looking down and watching over his family.R.I.P Tom

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the peace that passes all understanding during this bittersweet time. Heaven received another great godly soldier. We shall see him again someday. God bless.

  • Heaven rejoices in Tom’s homegoing! We weep along with you. May God be your comforter in the days without him.

  • Thomas was a great man and will be missed by all. The last time I saw him was at Deer Ridge Golf Course and in Tom fashion, he was all smiles. I imagine he was mostly smiles through his battle as well. He didn’t lose his battle, he won the ultimate prize.

  • Becky , Shelly and boys, so sorry for the loss you are feeling. God knows your pain and will walk with you and strengthen you , until you are reunited again with Tom. I remember him as happy and positive, honorable man of God who loved his family above all else. I’m thankful to have known him. In Christ, Lynn Carr Cleland

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of the Young family. We knew Tom from high school and have some very good memories of him. Within the last four or five years Tom played golf at Woody Ridge and we got to spend some quality time with him. We will miss him and his always smiling face. Bonnie and Robert Hall

  • Super guy who dearly loved the LORD. Can’t say enough about Tom, because he walk the walk and talk the talk when it came to His LORD and Savior. I’m sure there’s one Big party in Heaven with all the family and friends in the LORD that went ahead of him. Especially the ones Tom had a part of sharing the Gospel with and they received JESUS as there Savior in Christ. I’m sure Tom heard the famous words upon arrival in his new home:
    “ Well done good and faithful servant”
    Tom will be greatly missed, but I’m sure he would not change a thing.
    I just pray Tom I can be the man you were here on earth, because you’re Love and dedication to the The LORD was a true example that we all should live but till HIS coming. So we can hear the same words You heard.
    “ Well done good and faithful servant”