Richard E. Young, age 90, a resident of MountainBrook Village, Gold Canyon, Arizona, died on October 8, 2016, at his residence.
He was born June 23, 1926, to Simon and Emma Young in Ravenna Ohio. In 1932, his family moved to Brimfield Ohio and in 1940 to Shalersville, Ohio, where he graduated from high school in 1940. He grew up on a celery farm. Shortly following high school he was drafted into the army and spent over a year in a military police company in Heidelberg, Germany. He received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1950 and returned to the home celery farm where he managed a tomato greenhouse that had been built there.
He married Carol Jean Peck on February 2, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1956 they moved to Painesville, Ohio, where he was the Lake County 4-H Extension agent. On receiving a Master's degree in Extension Education from OSU in 1962, they moved to Hilliard, Ohio, where he was the Associate State 4-H Leader. Later he was appointed Leader of Studies and Evaluation for the Ohio Cooperative Extension Service and earned his doctoral degree in 1971, again in Extension Education and from OSU.
He, and his wife and their two youngest children in 1977 moved to Pullman, Washington, and, until retiring in 1982, he was Extension Evaluation Specialist for Washington State University (WSU). For two years during this period he was editor of the international Journal of Extension. From 1982 to 1984 he taught part-time in the Adult and Continuing Education Program at WSU. In 1984 he began a two-year role as acting chairman of the Department of General Agriculture and Home Economics at WSU.
Richard was a regional editor for the Good Sam Club's member magazine, Hi-Way Herald (later Highways) from 1984 to 1990. He enjoyed golf, recreation vehicle camping, travel, walking, shuffleboard and pinochle. He was an officer in the local chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees and belonged to three honorary societies related to agriculture and education. From 1990 to 1998 he and his wife spent winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, and in 1998 they moved permanently to Gold Canyon.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; four children, Laura (Jeffrey) Blaga of Racine, Wi; Patricia (Keith) Haley of Hilliard, OH; Linda Young of Seattle, WA; and, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by brother, Donald, of Winter Haven, FL, and his son, Richard Young, of Honolulu, HI.