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William Jacob Young
  • April 20, 1947
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  • August 22, 2021

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William Jacob Young – “Bill” passed over to be with the Lord August 22, 2021 due to
complications from Covid. Bill was born April 20,1947 in Turkey Creek, Kentucky to
Hiram and Suzy Mahala Young. The family moved to Florida and arrived in Ocala on
Bill’s 7th birthday. Bill was known to all as a tough hard worker. He said this came from
his youth, helping the family farm and fighting his 9 brothers and sisters to make sure to
get a morning biscuit.

Bill graduated from North Marion High School in 1966. After graduation he was in the
FBI before being recruited by the Army to serve in Vietnam. He would laugh as he told
the story of his Army recruitment processing. The Sergeant saw Bill’s FBI record and
pulled him from the line. He spent the rest of the day fingerprinting new recruits before
ever finishing his own processing.

After leaving the Army he had opportunities with both The State Patrol and the US
Secret Service. These were life goals for Bill, but he turned them down. He said after his
time at war he never again wanted to have to turn a gun on another human being. He
said he wanted only to help people and for them to be happy when they saw him.
Being in Florida, he figured, there is little that makes people happier than the guy that
makes your air-conditioning work. So, he learned the trade, opened his own HVAC
businesses and for over 45 years he worked hard, and also trained others the craft that
makes people happy to see them.

Life took Bill on many journeys, but his best journey was his marriage to Roberta Lee
Racey – “Birdie”, his life long love. They were married from 1969 until her passing in
2018. He cared for her in a way that amazed us all. Thank you Dad for your strength,
love and example of how to live.

Bill had a servants heart and not only helped people in his work but also through his
church. He served at the Lord’s Chapel in Ocala, Melody Christian Church in Live Oak
and most recently at Central Christian Church of Ocala. He truly loved the people and
the work he was able to do there. Bill was a man full of love and was blessed to find
love once again in Sandra McClanahan, both servants of the Lord and their church.
They were deeply in love and engaged at the time of his passing.

Bill is survived by his children, Steve Young and his wife Vicki, Karl Kriser, Tami Kriser
Martin and her husband Emil, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three brothers,
Ernie, Darrell and John and 3 sisters, Minnie, Hester and Maggie and his beloved dog

We are at peace to know that Bill is with Birdie in Heaven watching over us all, that he is
reunited with family and that everyone is happy to see him.

I Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest
of these is love.

Celebration of Life Services for William are scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Central Christian Church, 3010 NE 14th Street, Ocala, FL 34470. Following the service at the church, William will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 on October 1, 2021 at 2:30 PM, with Military Honors scheduled at the cemetery.


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  1. Dana - Gina Thompson says:
    22 Sep 2021
    Our friendship with Bill & Birdie go back 37 yrs. Oh how we miss y’all. You were ready but our hearts were not ready for you to go so fast. When we when out to dinner with you & Sande we didn’t realize it would be our last time with you. Y’all were so excited about getting married. We had such a nice evening with y’all . We were so happy that God had bough a new love into your life. He knew how lonely you were after Birdie step into Heaven. Your love & care for her was amazing till you walk in someone’s shoes that have care for a love one with Alzheimer’s you can’t know how hard it is. Bill was a loving, caring & hard working man he never complained no matter how hard it got. He was a Godly man who love the Lord , his family ,friends & his country. We were honor to have him as friend who we loved like family. We have many memories to look back on serving in Church, raising our kids & enjoying the blessings of Grandkids and so much more. We’ll stay in touch with Steve, Vicky , girls & Sande to make sure they know their loved. We’ll see you again our friend in a place that God has promise us there will be no more pain or tears. Till then know we loved you like a brother & miss you. ♥️♥️

  2. Dana-Gina Thompson lit a candle:
    22 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 22, 2021 at 9:49:53 PM

  3. Gloria Hancock says:
    12 Sep 2021
    Bill was a man of integrity. He did serve others. He and Bertie served others and were selfless. During a very difficult time in my live they both encouraged and offered good Godly advice. It always was with love. AND it worked! Bill will be missed but we will see him and Bertie again. I’m thankful for their time serving our church and community.

  4. Gloria Hancock says:
    12 Sep 2021
    Bill was a very special man. As I walked through a very difficult time he and Birdie were full of encouragement and Godly wisdom. I thank God for bringing them to Live Oak and their service to our church and community.

  5. Jennifer Kielbasa says:
    09 Sep 2021
    You left us too soon Uncle Bill. May all of your loved ones find peace in knowing you are reunited with Aunt Birdie, give her a hug and kiss for me. Rest In Peace. ♥️

  6. Tami Martin lit a candle:
    08 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 8, 2021 at 9:16:09 PM

  7. Tami Martin says:
    08 Sep 2021
    I miss you , your advice & wisdom. I am glad you are flying with all our Angels now. xoxo
    Love Tami Lee & Family

  8. Tami Martin says:
    08 Sep 2021
    I find myself going to call you for advice so many times lately, I miss your words of wisdom & advice. I pray that you all are up there enjoying each other & catching up- all pain free. We love & miss you.
    Tami Lee & family

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