James Robert “Jim” Young, 71, passed away at home April 4, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was born January 3, 1952 to Robert and Mina Young. Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen; 2 daughters, Jennifer (Todd) Wetli of West Lafayette and Jill (Ryan) McCoy of Valparaiso; 5 granddaughters, Annie, Gracie and Ellie Wetli and Katelyn and Kristin McCoy; brother Don (Sheila) Young of Bloomington, IL, 3 brothers-in-law, Stephen (Debbie) Brouillette of Evansville, Roger (Linda) Brouillette of Noblesville, Kent (Linda) Brouillette of Fowler, a sister-in-law, Sherry Brouillette of Cumming, GA and, nieces and nephews, Jack (Sherry) Young, Joe (Sheri) Young, Kandis (Matt) Powell, Kyle (Jennie) Brouillette and Pierce Wirsig. He is preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Bob and Mina Young and Joe and Ivy Brouillette.
Jim is a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and the American Legion Martin Kennedy Post #125 in Otterbein, IN. He loved golf only behind his family and his faith. He played golf every day the weather was fit and many that it wasn’t. One highlight of his golfing career was his hole-in-one on the 13th hole at the Ravines Golf Course on May 31, 2018. Jim’s other favorite past time was watching his granddaughters in whatever event they were participating. For over 40 years, Jim enjoyed building and repairing golf clubs.
Jim graduated from Benton Central High School in 1970 and enlisted in the Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1973, he worked for C&D Battery in Brookston and Attica, IN. When A.E. Staley opened a plant in Lafayette, Jim became one of the original employees. He retired from the same facility which had been purchased by Tate & Lyle. In retirement, Jim played even more golf, and especially enjoyed the winters with Karen and all of their friends in Lake Ashton, FL.
A Rosary Service will be at 5pm (EST) Sunday, April 9, 2023 at St. Charles Catholic Church with visitation to follow until 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held at 11am Monday, April 10, 2023 (EST) at St. Charles Catholic Church in Otterbein, IN with Fr. Bob Klemme officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Oxford, IN. A meal will be held after the interment at St. Charles Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Charles Catholic Church or the Indiana Golf Foundation (www.indianagolf.org). Arrangements entrusted to Gerts, Windler & Keller Funeral Homes ~ Fowler Chapel 506 E. Main St., Fowler, IN 47944. (765) 884-0110 www.kellerfh.com
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