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Joseph Perry Young Obituary


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“Joe was a great gift and blessing to everyone who cross his path as he always shared a warm smile, a friendly handshake, and a kind word - he treated...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Kappes - Cyclist and Friend

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe was my supervisor at Goddard in the Structural Loads and Analysis Section, starting in the late 70's through most...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Steve Brodeur - Corrales, NM

“You and your family are in my family's prayers. I pray that Mr. Young is at peace and you share in that peace at times knowing he is no longer...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Cathy Glover

“So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you today and always! ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: The Kern Family - friend

“Dear Carol and family, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: patti klausing - friend

“Dear Mary Jo and Family, I remember meeting your dad during one of his trips to NH. I was in awe of his cycling abilities and enjoyed hearing about...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Lisa mathews - Rye, NH - Friend

“Prayers to the Young Family during this difficult time. Warmest Regards, Jodi Werle Sawyer & Family ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jodi Werle Sawyer - Annapolis, MD

“Dear Lucy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. God is with you and he will help you find Peace. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Dody Gibson

“Dear Lucille and girls, My heart shares in your grief as you lay your husband and father to rest. May the Lord provide His comfort and peace as you...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Susan Irwin - Livermore, CA

“Remembering Joe, and what a great friend he was to Sam. So grateful for the many hours of good times they had on their bikes, so therapeutic for Sam!...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Pam Lloyd - friend


Joseph Perry Young, 81, of Laurel, MD passed away on September 28th at his home. He was a senior spacecraft systems engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for 30 years and continued his aerospace engineering career as a contractor for NASA until his death.

Born at home in Refugio Texas on January 14th, 1931 to Mary Elizabeth Collier and Joseph Calvin Young, he graduated valedictorian of his high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma in aeronautical/mechanical engineering and went on to earn two masters degrees from the University of Southern California and Drexel University in aerospace and mechanical engineering. Mr. Young also served in the U.S. Army during 1955-1957 and worked at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD.

During the past 20 years he became an avid bicyclist. He participated in many charity bike rides across the U.S, supporting his favorite causes while enjoying various regions of the U.S. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucille Gillan Young, his four daughters Cynthia Shelberg, Carol Halligan, Mary Jo Naber and Claudia Florenzo, and nine grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held on November 24, 2012, 2 pm, at Oaklands United Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the Brain Injury Association of Maryland.

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