Jack A. Young

November 02, 1934 - September 01, 2020

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Friday, September 11, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Saturday, September 12, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, September 12, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Jack Arlen Young, 85, formerly of West Lafayette, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 in San Antonio, TX from complications of Covid-19.

Born November 2, 1934 in Kendallville, IN to Glenn D. and Mina A. (Weeks) Young, Jack graduated as a 3-sport athlete from Albion High School ('52) before embarking on a lifetime of being a Purdue Boilermaker.

On June 2, 1956, he married Judith Jean Jacobs. She preceded him in death on January 16, 1997. Surviving the couple are son Jay (Melynn) Young of San Antonio, TX, daughter Jana (Brian) Tyrrell of Olympia, WA, and son Jed (Erin) Young of Boerne, TX; grandchildren Jeremy and Travis Young, Jacob and Megan Tyrrell, and Jack, Hope and Lauren Young; and great-grandchildren Avery and Grayson Tyrrell. A brother, Hal G. Young, also preceded him in death.

After graduating from Purdue University, Jack worked for the Boys Clubs of America, and as Director of Parks & Recreation for the city of Michigan City, IN, before embarking in 1967 on a lifetime of service to his alma mater. During his Purdue tenure, he worked for Purdue Musical Organizations as Administrative Assistant to the Director, as the Associate Director of the Alumni Scholarship Foundation, and as the Deferred Giving Officer for University Development. He served as the advisor for Purdue Crew, Skull & Crescent Honorary and for his beloved Purdue Grand Prix. He completed his professional career in University Development for UW-Superior.

Jack was an avid outdoorsman, a member of Rotary International, and a decades-long member of the John Purdue Club. He held season tickets through four basketball and ten football head coaches. He also coached scores of kids in local summer baseball programs, and alongside Judy, could always be found in the crowd supporting his kids throughout their scholastic, athletic and musical endeavors.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion.

Honorary pallbearers are Megan Tyrrell, Hope Young, and Lauren Young. Active pallbearers are Jeremy Young, Travis Young, Jacob Tyrrell, Jack Young, Dave Fuhrman, Mike Brennan, Eric Juliot, and Mark Legan.

Visitation is Friday, September 11, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Purdue Grand Prix Alumni organization.

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Guest Book

Alicia Cox McMahon
September 11th, 2020 1:29am
South Haven, MI

While it had been many years since I'd see Jack, I always felt connected and he held a special place in my heart. He was a kind, funny and loyal man who dearly loved his family. His "girl" Jana was my big sister in the Pi Phi house and is my life-long friend. Not only do we share Pi Phi but also the fun and special memories of 4 years as Purduettes. I know Judy is happy that you've joined her after all these years. Boiler Up, Jack!

Kay (Bloom) Collins
September 10th, 2020 8:17pm

So sorry for your loss. Graduated with Jack's brother Hal at Albion . We actually lived just a block or so apart !! Again, our condolences

Sandy Moorhead Hale
September 10th, 2020 1:05am

I was saddened beyond belief when I heard about Jack's passing. He was a father to so many, myself included. His commitment and passion for teaching young adults how to be and do more than we ever thought possible can not be replicated. What I learned at Purdue, I learned through Grand Prix and from Jack! My parents used to kid that I majored in Grand Prix. Jack had his nick names for all of us, and I can close my eyes and hear him calling me "moo." His famous quotes are forever imprinted on my life. Everyone of Jack's Grand Prix "kids" can recite "Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves!" Jack, I know we will meet again one day, and you will have some words of wisdom to share with me. Until then, thank you for sharing your life with so many! To Jay, Jana and Jed...your dad was simply awesome! And, he was always so proud of you three! Lovingly, Sandy GP 1981

Jay Young
September 9th, 2020 7:26pm
San Antonio, Texas

RIP, Dad. Give mom a hug for me. Love you!!