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John W. Young

John W. Young
John W. Young
- November 29, 2017

John W. Young was born to Lena Mae Weeks on May 7, 1949.  Lena Mae, known as Sally to all, was married to Shirley Weeks who raised him as one of his own.  At age 16, John started his first band, Weeks and the Three Days.  He was raised with his brother, Derrel Weeks, and his sisters, Mary, Betty, and Shirleen.

John joined the US Air Force in 1971.  He had his oldest daughter, Camile Fike.  John met his wife of 44 years while stationed in Cheyenne, WY, where they had son, Russell Young, and daughter, Jonnetta Young.  He was then transferred to Great Falls, MT, where he started his next band, Touch of Country, and a softball team for post 22 called Touch of Country, which won many awards.  He was then transferred to Rapid City, SD, where he once again started the band, Touch of Country.  John retired as a Tech Sgt. in the Air Force in 1991.  He then traveled with his wife and youngest daughter to Texas and back to South Dakota, this time landing further into the hills.  He lived and played music all over the hills.  He was the head of the Country Music Association of the Black Hills for a few years. 

Finally, in 2000, he bought a house in Whitewood, SD, and started the Chat-n-Chew café and Catering in Sturgis.

John became very ill because of a blood bacteria in 2008 which destroyed his heart.  The VA sent him to Minneapolis for two titanium valves and a pace-maker.  He then retired from music and the café, which was closed in 2011 when they lost the lease to the building.

John passed away on November, 24, 2017, just after midnight.

He is survived by his wife, Iris Young; his daughters, Jonnetta and Camile; his son, Russell; nine grandkids; and five great-grandkids.

He accomplished many things in his life but the biggest in his eyes was his family.

Graveside services will be held Friday, December 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.  A celebration of his life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Hale Hall in Whitewood.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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