Harry Benjamin “Bennie” Young Sr., age 81, of Mendon,

passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. 


He was born on January 4, 1935 in Celina,to the late Harry Benjamin & Ida Ruth (Dietch) Young.


He married Doris Henderson on August 24, 1953, and she survives.  

They were together for nearly 63 years. He was a loving Husband, 

Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.


Also surviving are their children: Deb (Tom) Wycuff of Celina, Mike (Tanya) Young, Dave (Lori) Young, Bill Young and Penny (Greg) Zizelman, all of Mendon, Jim Young of Marshall, MI, and Sue (Greg) Hinegardner and 

Ginger (Jeff) Bollenbacher, both of Rockford, 22 Grandchildren, 38 Great Grandchildren, 9 Brothers & Sisters: Bonnie (Ralph) Bensman of St. Marys, 

Jean (Ernie) England of Mendon, Larry (Connie) Young of Sioux City, IA, 

Kathy Gibson of Wapakoneta, Sharon (Dan) King and Tim (Linda) Young, 

both of Venedocia, John (Bonnie) Young of Rockford, Roberta (Mike) Sutter of Coldwater and Alberta (Paul) Siegrist of St. Henry, and a Sister-in-law: Sharon Young of St. Marys.


Preceding him in death were a Son: Harry Benjamin “Benny” Young Jr., 

a Granddaughter: Stacy Wycuff, and Brothers: Steve (Martha) Young, 

Ralph Young and Daniel (Carolyn) Young. 


Bennie attended Celina Schools, and left school at the age of 16 to work at Mersman Brothers to help care for his family. He had also worked at Yaney's Sawmill in Celina, and owned a feed mill, grinding and delivering feed to area farms. 


He was widely known for his construction business - Bennie Young Construction. For over 50 years, Bennie was self-employed in construction in the local area, working along with his Sons and Grandsons.  


Bennie was also a farmer, and raised livestock. He had been a gravedigger for Jennings and Wright Cemeteries in Van Wert County and the Village of Mendon Cemetery.


Active in the Mendon community, Bennie had been a member of the Mendon Lions Club, was a Cub Scout Master, and coached baseball. He attended the Mendon First Church of God. For many years, he cooked beans for the Old Fashioned Farmers Days in Van Wert.


He took many trips with his family, traveling to a number of states.  Bennie enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was active with the United Wagon Train, and had served as President of the group. The Wagon Train traveled as a group, in horse-drawn covered wagons, covering 15 miles a day, living as the pioneers did.


Bennie was a hardworking man. He loved all animals, especially his horses and dogs. He was bullheaded, stubborn but loving, and would do anything for anyone.  


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 25, at Mendon First Church of God, with Pastor Jake Boroff officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery. 


Calling Hours are 1:00 - 6:00 P.M., Sunday, April 24 and 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. on Monday, at the Mendon First Church of God.


Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Arrangements are being handled by W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon.


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