Allen Gale Young, 90, Sheridan, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 17, 2020 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.
Born on May 6, 1930 in Delaware County, Indiana, he was the son of the late Cloa A. "Cy" and Mary Reba (Rees) Young.
His family made the move to Sheridan during his younger years, and he would graduate from Sheridan, class of 1949. It was during those years at SHS that he would meet his first love, Mary Elizabeth Walker. They were married on Sept. 30, 1949 and began traveling life's journey by each other's side. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Sept. 30, 1999 and Mary passed away on Oct. 2, 1999.
Being somewhat of a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Young never liked to let the grass grow under his feet. During his younger years, he worked for Foxworthy Ford and Pearson Ford. He would eventually hire on with Biddle Screw Products in Sheridan; retiring from the company after 26 years of dedicated service. During those years, and for many after, Mr. Young always had a yellow legal pad, or something to scribble on, close by at all times. He would jot down different ideas that would pop into his head, and then would revisit those ideas when he had a little bit of time to think. The ideas in his notebooks turned into quite a few successful business ventures over the years, including two different car washes, one in Sheridan and one in Arcadia, and Young's Hayloft in Sheridan. Mr. and Mrs. Young started Young's Hayloft in 1977 and kept Sheridan stocked with beautiful flowers for more than 20 years.
Some people are lucky enough to find love once in their life, even fewer are able to find it multiple times. Mr. Young was one of those very fortunate individuals. On April 5, 2008 he married Loretta (Grimes) Hopper and would spend the rest of his life by her side. The ideas in his yellow notebooks never stopped flowing, and Mrs. Young was always ready to hop onboard with whatever he came up with next. In 2017 they started Young's Kitchen, which was located on Main Street in Sheridan. It was a short-lived venture, but they enjoyed every moment; loving what they were doing and enjoying the fact that they could do it as a family. When you went in the restaurant you felt like you were coming home, and nobody left without at least getting a visit from either Gale, Loretta, or Rebecca.
Mr. Young was a member of the Sheridan Masonic Lodge F&AM #309 and attended the Sheridan First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Hopper-Young; his daughters, Nancy (Fred) Day of Rochester, Linda (John) Moore of Indianapolis and Sarah (Bobby) of Sheridan; his son, Daniel Ray Hopper of Sheridan; 11 grandchildren, Allison (Ryan) Tusing, Dave (Julie) Day, Michelle (Chad) Stevens, Debbie (Chris) Coburn, Jake Hubbard, Dr. Shawn (Ginger) Moore, Ryan (Megan) Moore, Matt Godby, Kati (Doug) Harris, Betsy (Josh) Carter and Mark Sturdevant; 25 great-grandchildren; his sister, Melba C. Stephenson of Sheridan; nephews, Robert Dale Stephenson and Micah Carr; niece, Stephanie Oresik; great-nephew, Quentin Oresik-Mossburg; and his mother-in-law, Pamela K. Ranney of Sheridan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary E. (Walker) Young; his second wife, Marilyn Bailey-Young in September of 2006; great-grandchildren, Devon Lee Day and Elizabeth Ann Day; his niece, Marsha K. Carr; brother-in-law, Bud Stephenson; and by his daughter, Rebecca Nicole Hopper in September of 2017.
Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. The Rev. Frank Ciampa will be officiating.
Memorial Contributions may be presented to Kercheval Funeral Home, P.O. Box 42, Sheridan, Indiana 46069, to help the family with funeral expenses.