Robert Overton “Bob” Young, 87, of rural Fayette, Missouri, passed away Friday, Jan. 10. He was born Aug. 19, 1932, on Sunny Slope Farm in Rocheport, Missouri, to Herbert Young and Hazel Pipes Young.

Bob graduated from MU in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Following graduation, he proudly served his country as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn Miller Young; three children, Rob Young (Nan) of Fayette, Mindy Young of Columbia and Lindsay Young Bennett (Robert) of Columbia; three grandchildren, Sam Young, Ben Lopez and Kate Lopez; and sister Betty Young Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Dawn; son-in-law Anthony Lopez; two brothers, David Young and George Young; and a sister, Eleanor Langford.

Bob was a third-generation, lifelong farmer who oversaw properties in Howard, Chariton and St. Clair counties. He was also a small business owner who ran a feed, seed, fertilizer and farm equipment company in Fayette for 32 years while farming.

In addition to his service for his country, Bob was known for his service to his community. He was a member of the Fayette Lions Club for 64 years, serving multiple times as president. Bob was a former Lions Club zone chairman, served twice as district governor and was named a Melvin Jones Fellow and Haywood Snipes Fellow. Bob was a member of the Fayette School Board for 21 years and was a multiple decades-long member of the Howard/Cooper County Port Authority Board and Ashland Cemetery Board. Bob was involved in numerous other service activities.

Bob was known for many things, including his work ethic, sense of humor, generosity, mentorship, honesty, remarkable memory and love of telling stories.

The visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Linn Memorial Methodist Church in Fayette, with the funeral following at 3 p.m. Burial with military honors will follow the funeral at Ashland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to Ashland Cemetery Association in rural Fayette. Condolences may be shared at

Arrangements are entrusted to Carr-Yager Funeral Home in Fayette.

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