Lee Roy Young

Lee Roy Young, 78, of Versailles, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

He was born March 7, 1942, on the family farm in Benton County, near Santiago School, a son of Paul and Ethel (Spencer) Young.

At age seven, he moved near Edmonson, where he attended Dillon School and later moved north to the Benton and Pettis County line and attended eighth grade at Bunker Hill School. He then attended Cole Camp High School.

While growing up, he raised chickens and turkeys. At age 15, he moved out and went to work as a laborer for Hessfort Construction in Cole Camp. He also cut wood, until his farm was paid off and then was hired to operate a grader for Morgan County.

He married Mary Thomas and the couple had three children. He married Karen Fisher and had a son.

After he retired from Morgan County, he raised quarterhorses and worked five different sale barns, penning up cattle. He enjoyed raising sheep, llamas, and his Great Pyrenees and Komondor dogs. He enjoyed working and took pride in his road grading and said he would not leave a road that he didn’t want his family to drive on. He said his horse Pat could turn on a nickel and give you a quarter’s change.

He is survived by daughter Connie Shireman and husband Jim of Kansas City; son Paul Young of Versailles; sisters Fay Neth of Cole Camp, and Margie Demorris and William of Dewitt, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Donna Dieckman, son Mitchell Young, brothers James Young and John Henry Young, and a granddaughter.

Graveside services were Saturday, Feb. 20, at Young Family Cemetery, near Versailles, with Minister Leonard M. Martin officiating.

Memorial contributions were suggested to your local animal shelter.

Arrangements under direction of Fox Funeral Home in Cole Camp.