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Gary Young

Gary R. Young

Tuesday, September 13th, 1932 - Friday, November 6th, 2020
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The Reverend Dn. Gary Reid Young of Scottsbluff died at home on Nov 6, 2020. A burial Mass officiated by the Right Reverend J. Scott Barker and the Reverend Mark F. Selvey will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff, on Thursday Nov 19 at 10:00 am. Due to current health safety guidelines, the service will be private but can be viewed live with a link on Saint Francis Episcopal Church Facebook page and website. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Francis Episcopal Church Scottsbluff and Holy Apostles Episcopal Church, Mitchell NE. There will be no visitation. Online condolences may be made by visiting Bridgman Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gary R. Young was born Sept 13, 1932 in Scottsbluff to Loren and Irene (Kelsen) Petersen. Gary was adopted and raised by Elmer Reid Young Jr when Elmer married Irene Kelsen. Gary is a 1950 graduate of Scottsbluff High School. He served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1953. Gary married the love of his life, Neta J. Smith in June 1952. Their children are Chris Reid Young (Barbi) of Ronan Montana, and Jill L. Young (Lorrie) of Gering. Fr. Young was called to the Episcopal priesthood in 1965 after 15 years of working for the family business, Kelsen and Young Electric. Young attended college at the Platte Valley Bible College under the mentorship of Rev. Clyde E. Whitney. He then became a seminarian at Nashota House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, and later obtained his Masters of Divinity. Fr. Young served Episcopal churches in Bassett, Creighton, Neligh, Mitchell, and Scottsbluff NE as well as Havre, MT. He retired as the Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Omaha.

Gary Young was preceded in death by his wife, Neta, his parents Elmer and Irene, and many special brother and sister in laws. He is survived by his children and his granddaughters, Kelsen (Jennifer) Young and Kristen Young all of Helena Montana, nephew Jeff Jones (Carol), niece Nikki Rose (Don) all of Mitchell, and many nieces and nephews and their children. Fr. Young is also survived by the many church families he cared for throughout Nebraska and Montana.
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Jill Young

Posted at 09:02am
The Family of Gary Young invite you to attend his memorial service virtually on Thursday Nov 19 at 10:00 am. You will find the link at or on the St Francis Episcopal Church Facebook page. Thank you everyone for your support. Jill, Lorrie, Chris and Barbi

Posted at 11:19pm
Gary will be missed so much. He came in our restaurant the Finishline Cafe everyday and ate breakfast or lunch and sometimes both. He only wanted the cake only when I made double chocolate. I also waited on Gary and his wife at the Country Kitchen. I will forever miss his smiling face. Jarvis and Jaci Brill

Vicki Bauer Posted at 04:24pm

Jill and have my deepest sympathy. I can remember your dad when we were all young. He was always smiling and teasing (just like my dad). I cherish the memories. Vicki Morris Bauer

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