Roy Young
August 9, 1954 - July 28, 2020

Roy Young

Roy Young
Aug 9, 1954 - Jul 28, 2020

Roy Young
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William Roy Young, age 65, passed from this life Tuesday, July 28 as the result of Covid 19 complications. There will be a private family viewing August 1 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care. A graveside service will follow at 11:00 at Ames Municipal Cemetery. Face masks and social distancing are required, feel free to bring a lawn chair.

Roy was born August 9, 1954, in Des Moines to Mary (Oleson) and James H. Young. The family moved from Bedford to Ames when he was in grade school. He graduated from Ames High School in 1972.

Roy served four years in the Marine Corps attaining the rank of Sergeant E-5. His primary specialty was Artillery Scout Observer and he earned the Rifle Expert Badge and Pistol Expert Badge. He was honored to be on a Freedom Flight in 2015.

Roy and Deborah (Michaud) Canon were married September 17, 1982 in Ames where they raised their three children: Leah (Craig) of Pleasant Hill, Michael (Megan) of Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and Matthew (Erin) of Grimes.

Along with his dad, Roy owned and operated JARCO Stores at Lincoln Way and Duff until health issues forced his early retirement. Then he owned and managed commercial and residential properties.

Roy served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Board with the City of Ames. He was an avid NASCAR fan, competitive bowler, built and raced go-karts with his sons, and loved riding his Harley. He was a member of the American Legion Riders.

In addition to his wife Deborah and children, Roy is also survived by five grandchildren: Camille and Elise Skinner, Coraline and Charles Young, and Lillian Young. Also surviving is his father, James of Ames and three siblings: James E. "Gene" (Marjorie) of Cedar Rapids, Karen Schultz of Des Moines, and Peggy (Brad) Mabuce of West Des Moines as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His mother, Mary D. Young, preceded Roy in death.

If you wish to make a memorial donation, please consider Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.

Online condolences may be directed to:

Healing Registry on Jul 31, 2020

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Jane (Carlsen) Brandt on Aug 16, 2020

CandleI remember Roy when he was in Junior High and High School. The Senior Picture is how I remember him. He was always so nice and always had a smile. Memories will help you through this time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jane (Carlsen) Brandt

Dwight Kramer on Aug 3, 2020

Deb, so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. There was never a dull conversation with Roy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dwight and Zoe

Judy Clayberg on Aug 3, 2020

Karen. Jim, and Young family, So sorry to hear of Roy's passing. All the support and prayers go out to all of you. Cherish your wonderful memories. God be with you in this trying time. Judy Clayberg

Carol Weber on Aug 3, 2020

So sorry to learn of Roy's passing. Sending love, peace, and comfort for your family.

Mark Olson on Aug 2, 2020

Karen Tad & Tami
So sorry to hear about Roy. Prayers to your family

Karen Schultz on Jul 31, 2020

Karen K Schultz on Jul 31, 2020


Karen K Schultz on Jul 31, 2020

Roy at home July 2020

Karen K Schultz on Jul 31, 2020

Roy Graduation 1972

Harry Fortney on Jul 31, 2020

So sorry to hear about Roy's passing, he was always such a positive and friendly person, My Condolences, Harry Fortney

Teri Larson on Jul 30, 2020

We are so blessed to have had great memories with your family! Roy will be missed. Prayers for peace & courage for all of you. Love to you Deb, Matt & Mike.

Karen Schultz on Jul 30, 2020

Roy had the biggest heart. He could be tough on you if he thought he needed to be. He was always there with a helping hand. He was a dedicated son, husband, uncle, father and grandfather. Family meant everything to him. He never knew a stranger. He will be greatly missed. RIP little brother. Prayers and hugs to his family.

Karen K Schultz on Jul 30, 2020


Memories of my brother

C.Y. Stephens Traffic Group on Jul 30, 2020

The Traffic Group from C.Y. Stephens - Tim, Emily, Ken, George, Sam, Tami, Ron, and Larry - extend our sincerest condolences to Roy's family. Roy was a joy to work with and so very dependable. It was a always fun being around Roy and calling him a Friend! We will also greatly miss working him. Rest in Peace our Friend!!

Jeff Meyers on Jul 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Roy's passing . Our prayers are with you Deb.
Jeff Meyers

Terry Sullivan & family . on Jul 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of Roy's passing . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family .

Kristi Michaud on Jul 30, 2020

CandleVery sorry to hear about the loss of Roy. To Deb, Leah, Michael and Matthew - please know we are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts right now. Love Kristi Michaud and Oliver Bast

Kerry M. Joseph on Jul 30, 2020

So sorry to hear of the loss of Roy. May he rest in peace!

John Tamashunas on Jul 30, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Roy. Good guy to talk to.

Shelby & Ben Harman on Jul 29, 2020

Sending love and condolences to the Young family during this difficult time!



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