Burton Youngs

Burton O. Youngs, 93, of Garrison and formerly of Roseglen, died Aug. 20, 2013, in a Garrison hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m., in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot.

Burton was born April 22, 1920, to Frank E. Youngs and C. Florence Youngs of Tracy, Minn. They moved to Roseglen in the spring of 1921. He was raised on the family farm and attended grade school at the country school known as “The Simonson School.” He attended high school in Makoti, rooming there during the week and coming home on the weekends.

He enlisted in the service on Nov. 7, 1942, and was stationed at Childress Army Air Force Field, Childress, Texas, and also at Hickum Field, Oahu, Hawaii. He was discharged on Dec. 19, 1945, and returned to the farm.

He met and married Joan M. Peterson of Bradford, Pa., Jan. 26, 1957. They made their home on the family farm near Roseglen. He retired from farming in 1985 and helped with spring work and harvest until moving to Garrison in the spring of 1991.

He enjoyed the farm life and also spent many hours tilling the garden and watering it with the “big tank on the truck” as we kids called it. You could also find him on the lawn mower, not only in his yard but also at friends, neighbors and family alike.

In retirement years, he spent a lot of time in his work/wood shop building and making toys, baskets, clocks, holiday decorations and small furniture. If you knew where to look you could always find a small candy bar or peppermint candies hidden in the tool cupboards!

His lap was always open for the grandkids to crawl into and listen to him reading stories from the many books they brought him.

He served on many boards including his church’s, Camp of the Cross and farm agencies. Burton lived his faith by how he lived his life. Both on the farm and off, and he was always one of the first to help out a friend or neighbor who needed help. You could also find him drying dishes at the church suppers. Mom had him well trained in the art of drying dishes.

In 2010, he went into kidney failure and for the past three years rode the bus to Bismarck three times a week for dialysis. Through all of this he never lost the twinkle in his eye or his sense of humor.

He is survived by: his children, Joyce Parks, Colorado Springs, Colo., Margaret Jean McMasters, of Texas, Robert (Diane), Findley, Ohio, from a previous marriage; Burton Jr. (Beckie), Williston, Lisa (Richard) Cole, Roseglen, Michael (Deb), Garrison; grandchildren, Carmie, Kelly, Carla, Kathy, Christie, Roland, Denise, Ralph, Rex , Karen, Kirk, Jennifer, Chris, Mary, Katelyn and Allyson; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon (Helen) Youngs, Fargo; and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Joan.

(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)