Mr. Young graduated from Randles High School, Cape Business College and later attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied Personnel Manage-ment and Labor Law.
On Nov. 13, 1943, he was united in marriage to Mary Louise Howell in Cape Girardeau. Mrs. Young preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2003. The Youngs lived most of their lives in Alton, Ill., where he worked for Alton Box Board Company, starting in 1944. They returned to Southeast Missouri in 1977 after his early retirement due to ill health.
Starting with Alton Box Board Company as a payroll clerk, his appointment to personnel assistant in 1947 marked his entry into the Personnel and Labor Relations field. During his career he held several positions, being named Industrial Rela-tions Manager, Paper-board Division in 1958. In 1970 he was promoted to Manager, Labor Relations and Personnel Services for the company, the position he held at the time of his retirement.
During his career, he participated in several industry, personnel and labor relations organizations. He was a member of the National Industrial Conference Board, Illin-ois Personnel Arbitration Panel, and the St. Louis Industrial Relations Club, and he was a guest lecturer in Labor Law at the Southern Illinois Univer-sity at Edwardsville.
Mr. Young was active in many community organizations as a board member and fund raiser, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, American Red Cross, Illinois Heart Association and the Salvation Army. He was very active in the College Avenue Presby-terian Church in Alton, Ill., serving as a Deacon and on the Finance Committee. Thomas also served as an Elder in
the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, Mo.,
as well as serving on
the Building, Finance, Budget and Auditing Committees.
At the time of his death, he was a member
of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he was active in volunteer work.
Survivors include one brother, Van D. Young of Sacramento, Calif.; two step-brothers, Henry Huffman of Baldwin, Mo., and Paul Huffman of Murphysboro, Ill.; three step-sisters, Arleen Tipsword of Scott City, Mo., Mildred Boster of Columbia, Miss., and Kate Kennedy of Edwardsberg, Mich.; and several nephews and nieces.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley Young.
Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, June 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, Mo.
Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, Mo., Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., or the American Heart Association. Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home of Dexter is in charge of all arrangements.