Former Union resident Marvin Young, 83, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13.
Young, of Warson Woods, is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue Mathews Young; and two children.
Union resident Bob Hansen said he grew up with Young and the Young family.
“He comes from a very, very strong family,” said Hansen.
Hansen said the family owned the property where the Youngridge Acres subdivision and the First Christian Church of Union now is located. The family’s farmhouse still is standing.
Young was a Union High School graduate and played basketball at the school.
“He was a basketball star at UHS,” said Hansen. “Being very tall he did quite well.”
Hansen’s brother was a classmate of Young, and was often around Young and his family.
“We all ran around together from grade school on,” he said.
Hansen noted that he and Young kept in contact and would visit with Young during anniversaries and weddings.
He graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College in 1951. He attended Michigan Law School where he served as the associate editor of the Michigan Law Review and graduated with a juris doctor degree in 1954. Marvin served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force where he attained the rank of captain.
He began his civilian legal career with Thompson & Mitchell in St. Louis. In 1958 he worked as attorney for Missouri Farmers Association in Columbia. He returned to St. Louis in 1968 when he became vice president, general counsel and secretary of Peabody Coal Co. serving as general counsel for 17 years.
He was a very accomplished individual,” Hansen added. “Everything he did was well done.”
In 1986 he joined Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, a St. Louis law firm, and practiced law as a partner for more than 20 years. He enjoyed serving on the board of trustees of Westminster College for many years including four years as chairman. For nine years he served as chairman of the board of governors of the Churchill Memorial and Library and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the college in 1990. For 18 years he was city attorney for Warson Woods where he and his wife resided for over 45 years.
He also served for six years on the board of trustees of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. He was a member of Rotary Club of St. Louis, Masonic Lodge, Round Table of St. Louis and Shriner of Moolah Temple. He was a member of St. Lucas United Church of Christ. Marvin was an avid jazz music fan, pianist and composer. For many years he played piano in a five-piece combo, The Youngsound, and for the Gateway City Big Band. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marvin O. and Sue C. Young Endowed Scholarship at Westminster College, 501 Westminster Ave., Fulton, MO 65251.