Ray Edwin “Cookie Man” Young, 87, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 11:50 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2011 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born August 20, 1923 in Dorothy, West Virginia, a son of the late Reverend John E. and Wavie (Thompson) Young. He married Alice (Cowley) Young on July 27, 1946 in Granite City and she preceded him in death on March 3, 1984.
He retired as a truck driver on February 17, 1984 from Flavor-Kist in Granite City after 31 years of dedicated service with the Teamsters Local #525. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II with the 3rd Army 65th Infantry Division. He was a dedicated member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed his years of service with the Masonic Triple Lodge #835, Scottish Rite Bodies of Southern Illinois, Shriner’s Ainad Temple and the Tri-City Shrine Club.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Gerald Ray “Jerry” and Mary Young of Laguna Woods, California; one daughter, Shirley May of Affton, Missouri; one granddaughter, Angie and Charlie Dailey of Granite City; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Larry Young, Robert Young and Chuck Young; two sisters, Alice Foster and Annabelle Webb; former wife and friend, Madonna Mathenia; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Ray Edwin Young Jr.; two sisters, Mary and Maggie and three brothers, Reverend John J. Young, Reverend Jim Young and Vondon E. Young.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend John Gamblin officiating. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery on Nameoki Road in Granite City. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital and may be accepted at the funeral home.
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