Thomas ‘MOOSE’ Young

November 12, 1963 ‒ January 22, 2017

LaRue, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

While his many family and friends are devastated by the unexpected loss of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and dear friend, Thomas “MOOSE” Young…for Moose he went out the way he would have wanted.  He was called to heaven with a trophy in hand in his precious 1928 Ford Model A, after winning awards earlier in the day at a car show.  For Moose, he didn’t have to endure more heart surgeries or stay in a hospital bed, instead he went out on top.  Nevertheless, Moose was much too young, only 53, leaving us early Sunday morning, January 22, 2017.  He was of LaRue.

On November 12, 1963, Moose was born in Marion, Ohio, one of seventeen children of Rowena (Bowen) Young of Marion and the late Clifford Young.  He graduated from Marion Harding in the class of 1982.

For over ten years, Moose worked as a crane operator for MF Johnson, Inc. in Marion.  He also had worked at the John St. Radiator Shop for many years.

Moose’s true passion in life though, started as a teenager, when he was the gopher for his brother, Ashley, fetching car parts in their garage to fix his Chevelle SS’s and Camero Z28’s.  From that day forward, Moose was hooked.  He was an official “car nut, a grease monkey.”  There wasn’t anything on a car Moose couldn’t fix, and he lived to flip and restore cars.  His most prize possessions were his 1965 Chevelle and his 1928 Ford Model A, both of which he had in mint condition.  Moose had a huge and immaculate work shop, never allowing even a speck of dust in there, always shop-vaccing every inch of his garage.  He also was meticulous about his yard, mowing and raking every day it was needed, keeping even squirrels out of his yard.

An avid car show fanatic, Moose attended every car show he could make it to.  He was a member of the Good Guys Auto Show, and often went to their car shows.  Moose was extremely proud to have won awards at three of the last four shows he attended.

A family man, Moose deeply loved his life companion of over twenty years, Jennifer Ottman, whom he officially married on April 5, 2013.  Jennifer’s daughter, Stephanie, quickly became Moose’s daughter too.  Their grandchildren were his best buddies, and to them he was their “PaPaw Moose”.  He and Carson mowed the lawn and rode four wheelers together…they were inseparable.  He also was a “Mommy’s boy,” calling his mother, Row, every day of his life to make sure she was having a good day.

Moose was truly “loved by all.”  He will forever be missed by his wife, Jennifer Young; daughter, Stephanie (John) Coons; two grandsons: Carson Hopkins and Colt Coons; mother, Rowena Young; siblings: Bill (Phyllis) Spaulding, Jewel (Gene) Beatty, Sandy (G.B.) Caudill, Kathy (Buck) Messenger, Brenda Bosh, Ashley (Cassandra) Young, Sharon (Rick) Rollin, Jeanette (Steve) Caldwell, Judy (James) Ferguson, Edna (Brian Hindman) Young, and Jeff (Wayne Bowman) Young; too many special nieces and nephews to count; mother-in-law, Alyce Ottman; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

Including his father, Moose was preceded in death by two brothers: Brother John and Ricky Young.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, at the John M. Boler Activity Center, 590 Forest Lawn Dr., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 27.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with unexpected expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Moose’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Moose. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, especially Row.

  • Rowena and kid’s this is so heart breaking to here.We are praying for you and your family.May a peace be in your heart that only God can give..
    Paul and Sandy McKenzie
    and family

  • So sorry to hear your tragic loss of the families loved one my deepest sympathy and prayers god be with you through this difficult time grew up around them all and lovely mother Rowena hugs to you all

  • Jennifer, we are so very sorry for your loss. The kids and I have been talking about you and Moose every day. It will not be the same not seeing him outside all the time. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love, Gina, Jason, Keyton, and Pyper

  • I am at a loss of words! I have so many memories of Moose. He took me in under his wing when my world was flipped upside down! Always made sure Steph and I had almost anything we wanted as teenagers!!! Steph, Mom, and everyone are in my prayers!


  • So very sorry for your loss Jennifer ~ Moose was a good man and no matter what he could always make you laugh. He will be truly missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Young Family. RIP Moose

  • Uncle Moose you will always be in our hearts 💕
    And tremendously missed
    Prayers for Jennifer
    Love ❤️ you!!!!

  • Moose u went out doing what u liked to do and with that Beautiful 1926 Model A that u worked so hard for to restore it and the help with your Beautiful wife Jennifer Young
    Moose we r at r wits end try to take in that u r gone from us and that we won’t ever see your handsome face again it is to unreal I can not wrap my brain around this at I love u little brother and u will be very very much missed u was loved that is for sure until we meet again my brother RIP Love U one of your older sister Judy Lynn Young and we love your Wife she is r sister and she better know that love u Jen

  • Sorry for your loss Moose was a great guy i loved talking with him about cars we shared the same interested in cars.. Moose was just a fun loving guy if he liked you he would do anything for you! Going to miss seeing and talking to him RIP my friend

    Rick Lindsey

  • My thoughts and prayers are sent with love. You were always a very lovable person and treated everyone with the utmost respect. May you RIP and fly high you will be greatly loved and missed but never will you be forgotten. Shirley and Cecil Friley

  • Gosh Moose…I do not know where to start..still trying to believe this is real.Randy and I sure are gonna miss you…but we will always have the memories of all of us growing up together and knowing each others families all our lives…and the years you and Randy hanging out in the garage while you brought pieces of your 28 coupe and he put it together for you…you couldnt wait for the day you got to take it home to finish it…you were so proud of it….and beautiful it was.We loved the stories you would tell us out there..and your laugh…we will never forget you Moose…just wouldnt be possible…….fly high Angel..

  • Alyce,
    So sorry to hear about your son-in-law passing away. May God’s love be with you all.
    Sandra Novatny

  • Moose was a super awesome guy. Known him since i was a kid. Full of fun & laughter .
    R.i.p. bro.

  • This has been very hard for me but i have been saying my goodbyes to one of the best uncles a kid could have. As we grew up i was always called his twin and i never minded being called moose junior because i looked up to him and couldnt wait to go to grandma’s house to see what my uncles were working on in that garage. As i grew up far away from my uncles little did i know that i would follow in my uncles footsteps. Thank you uncle Kenny for laughing with me all the time. I think i am the only nephew that called him uncle Kenny. I love you so much and you are missed but I will never forget the good times.

    Love you
    “Shane Rane” as i am called by my uncles.

  • Praying for all of the family may God be with you all may you find comfort in our Lord. Moose sure going to miss you all of you were a big part of our lives growing up glad you were love you all God Bless. R.I.P Moose fly with the Angels fly high my wonderful friend…….

  • To my best FRIEND MOOSE I ask myself WHY, WHY, not YOU I will never know WHY. GOD took all your pain away you are at rest, MOMMY and I will miss you so much I ask myself who is going to call MOMMY every morning like YOU did. YOU was more of a MAMA’S BOY then ME. I LOVED YOU SO MUCH . I will miss your call’s I talked to you EVERYDAY of my LIFE or EVERY OTHER DAY. I will miss you calling my phone saying PUNK WHAT ARE YOU DOING. You were the only one that called me that and could get away with… You really left me lost for word’s… We have been through a lot in life and I would not change nothing. I have thought of your wife JEN every day since you’ve left us she is my sister for life. YOU are my ANGEL please still WALK WITH ME AND TALK WITH ME. You will always be in my heart, thought’s and prayer’s. MOOSE you are now with DADDY The FATHER that we didn’t know. MOOSE I WILL LET YOU GO I LOVE YOU YOUR BROTHER’S JEFF ,WAYNE,MOMMY AND BRENDA. You had the biggest HEART and full of life we miss and LOVE you…….

  • Moose u were always my best friend my best brother uv gone on to be with the Lord ur pain is over I will always carry a piece apiece if u with me for ever my heart is broken we’ve been through thick and then through life I love you moose soon I will be b with u in heaven may God look over your wife words will never b the same without you gone but not forgotten bless you