Bryan K. Young

November 26, 1968 - May 15, 2021

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Bryan K. Young, 52, of Fort Wayne died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born November 26, 1968, in Rochester, Michigan.

Bryan was in Field Services at Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs.

Bryan dedicated his life to improving people’s lives by training guide dogs and helping people become more independent.

Surviving are his wife, Julie Young of Fort Wayne; his pets, Fergie, RJ, and Gigi; his father, Ernie Brown of Haslett, Michigan, and many, many loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Sue Strunk.

There will be no visitation or services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976, or online at

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Rhonda Bostler
May 30th, 2021 4:21pm

A great guy that brightened so many lives

Diane Peters
May 27th, 2021 5:08pm
Cleveland ohio

I had the pleasure of knowing Bryan when he worked with Veterans at the Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center. Cleveland has a program where Veterans that qualify for a guide dog come to our inpatient program for assistive technology training as well as working with the Guide Dog Foundation to learn how to become a guide dog handler. Bryan was excellent at his job, worked so well with the Veterans and such a nice, nice person. I am so saddened by his passing. Prayers to his family.

Kristin Seasword
May 23rd, 2021 11:27pm

The world is a better place because of him. And the world of our beloved 4 legged friends.

John & Penny Wuebben
May 23rd, 2021 3:08pm
32732 Scone Livonia Michigan

I always thought we would hang out again at some time. Truly shocking

Deborah Stern
May 23rd, 2021 12:25pm

A giving man and a great trainer. You will be missed by so many.

Andi Krusoe
May 22nd, 2021 10:11pm
Los Angeles, CA

Rest in Partnership, dear Bryan. ❤️💔❤️

Mary Dean
May 22nd, 2021 2:52pm
Imperial Beach, California

You will be truly missed. Rest in Peace...have some fun with Ronnie!

Janine Horny
May 21st, 2021 11:52pm
Fort Wayne

He will always be in your heart..

Rivi Israel
May 21st, 2021 12:15pm

Bryan was a wonderful person and always put others before himself. He enjoyed his career and always enjoyed life. He will be missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Cristina Mirabile
May 20th, 2021 12:05pm
Centereach, New York

Bryan taught me so much during our time working together at the Guide Dog Foundation. Besides our work relationship we had a wonderful friendship. We would enjoy sushi nights with a group of coworkers where we would share dog stories, life stories and lots of laughs. Bryan always made others around him feel welcomed and could always make you laugh. To say he will be missed is an understatement. His memory will live on to all those whose lives he impacted. Sending prayers and healing thoughts to his loved ones he left behind.

Stephanie Sherwood
May 20th, 2021 10:53am
New Zealand

I worked with Bryan briefly at Leader Dog where he made an impression on me and so many others. I am so sorry for his early departure, so sad and tragic.

Kristen and Fernandez Abud
May 20th, 2021 2:48am
Bloomfield Nj

We love you guys and feel so blessed for the times we had with Bryan and you! We are here for you for anything you need, Our hearts are broken with yours and so incredibly sorry for your loss. Bryan was such a wonderful man and he will be missed! Love you ❤️

Will Henry
May 19th, 2021 7:25pm
Palmetto, FL

Bryan was the real deal. I had the pleasure to work with him for a short time while at Leader Dogs. We remained friends ever since. I will always remember the passion he had for his work and life in general. He will certainly be missed. Bryan made a real difference and helped so many on his journey here. Keeping his family and friends in my prayers.

Kim Stasheff
May 19th, 2021 4:22pm
Centereach, NY

My heartfelt condolences to Julie and all who knew and worked with Brian. We have lost a truly wonderful, supportive, caring, encouraging, optimistic, smart, hard working and funny gentleman! He is greatly missed! I was looking forward to the end of Covid and Brian’s return to health so we could work together again on service dog classes! May his life continues too inspire us! And now who will try to get me to compete with him on CPAP scores?!😉 Peace all!

Susan Didier
May 19th, 2021 12:48pm
Fort Wayne

Oh Julie I am so sorry to hear about Bryan’s passing. You have my heartfelt sympathy

Susan Didier
May 19th, 2021 12:46pm

Oh Julie I am so sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy

The Guy and Danielle Gehlert Family
May 18th, 2021 11:56pm
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Diane Levy
May 18th, 2021 10:50pm
Los Angeles

How lucky was I to have been the right place to meet you and Julie during your time in Los Angeles, CA?!! Your warm, infectious smile... Your playfulness... Your kindness and charity of heart. Bryan, you will be missed so very much.

Jodi meyers
May 18th, 2021 9:16pm
Lake grove ny

This time last year Brian and I were working together during the stay at home quarantine. I looked forward to his backyard wild bird reports. Sitting on my deck by my little bird feeder now, thinking of Brian

Mark Briganti
May 18th, 2021 8:21pm

My truly sincerest condolences to all family and friends of Bryan. A great presence in any room. Rest in peace my friend.

Glenn Tecker
May 18th, 2021 6:50pm
Newtown (Wrightstown)

Bryan changed the lives of countless people providing them with access to a life without boundaries. The impact of his spirit and commitment to others long ago reserved him a special place in so many hearts. The world is a better place because of him and generations will continue to benefit from the time we were previledged to have him with us.

Pamela Linden
May 18th, 2021 6:15pm
Long Island l, NY

In sympathy. May your memories bring you peace and comfort. Pamela Linden

Ritu Ciampa
May 18th, 2021 4:36pm
Battle Creek, MI

My heartfelt condolences 💐❤️ Lots of love....

Bill Porter
May 18th, 2021 4:24pm
Loveland, Colorado

Bryan was a friend and coworker. His compassionate expertise in the assistance dog field touched me and countless others. He will be missed.

Greg Levick
May 18th, 2021 3:49pm
Clear Brook Virginia

Julie I am so sorry. I have known Brian since he started at Leader the early 90's. We really didn't become close until he came to GDF. We were kind like the odd coup[e exchanging insults and giving each other a hard time. We were always on the same page about Guide Work, and I will miss our weekly chats that sometimes turned into 3 times a week. He will be deeply missed by all who have had the pleasure to know him.

Janice Meehan
May 18th, 2021 3:09pm
Smithtown, NY

I only knew Bryan for a few years, but he was a pleasure to work with. Even on the most stressful days, a conversation with Bryan made you smile. We will miss him dearly at GDF/AVD and my thoughts are with his family and friends. - Janice M.

Doug Wiggin
May 18th, 2021 2:35pm
Lyman, ME

Julie, I only worked with Bryan for a few years, but enjoyed his energy and laughter. I will never forget our last team meeting, with our well wishes. It will be imprinted in my mind. As you see he was loved by anyone he met, and we were lucky to know him.

Kim Marino
May 18th, 2021 2:22pm

All of us at The Guide Dog Foundation and Americas Vet Dogs will miss the contribution that Bryan made to our organization. He was an outstanding person.

Brad Hazen
May 18th, 2021 2:17pm
Rochester, Michigan

Bryan was a great friend while growing up together in Rochester. There are so many memories of us playing baseball together, hanging out, sleepovers, etc. He was a great person that will be missed.

Steven Hayes
May 18th, 2021 5:48am
Spokane, Washington

I am so saddened by Bryan's passing. I remember him picking me up at JFK and taking me to meet my faithful companion Licorice. How he worked with us to make "Licky" and I a great companionship. How we celebrated Bryan's birthday together. Then how we became friends on FB. Bryan's was always there for me whenever I needed help or advice with my service dog or anything else. I will always remember Bryan's with a happy heart, gratitude and friendship. I know without a doubt he earned his spot in heaven. All condolences to Julie and Bryan's loved ones. Thank you for helping him to help me and all the other Veterans.

Doug Weil
May 18th, 2021 5:26am
Malibu Ca

RIP brother, I will never forget your laugh, your dedication to training dogs. You’re the best, god bless Julie and help her through this difficult time.

Veronica Elsea
May 18th, 2021 4:51am
Santa Cruz, California

Brian left us way too soon, but his contributions will live on forever. I am grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him and working with him. I will miss him and hope that someday his memories will bring comfort to everyone. Rest in peace, Brian. I send love, hugs and good thoughts to his family.

May 18th, 2021 12:36am
El Sobrante, CA

Bryan was a wonderful individual that had so much passion for his friends and family. He was dedicated to his work and impacted the lives of many in the assistance dog industry. He will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts are with his family during this time.

Susan Chiles
May 18th, 2021 12:01am
Los Angeles

Bryan was an amazing guy, who made a huge difference to many in the guide dog world. Wishing his wife Julie & all who knew and worked with him peace of mind at this sad time.

Heather Rivard-Wallace
May 17th, 2021 11:07pm
Troy, MI

I am so very sorry for the loss of Bryan Young. Condolences to Julie, family, and family pets. I know that he will be terribly missed. When they lived in MI, for a while, he happily helped my son, Zach, get over his fear of dogs. Bryan and Fergie gave up their own time to spend time with Zach and show him that dogs are our friends. I am so grateful for that. Sending love and prayers to all who knew this kind soul. May Bryan rest in peace.

May 17th, 2021 10:11pm
Kalamazoo, MI

There is nothing to add but his life was spread out not just across the U.S. but also Germany and Europe. He is still remembered in Durango, Co where he lived for awhile. Grief is always a private thing, and while we have all known it, sharing it is actually a very private thing. So let it be with Bryan.

Carolyn Matson
May 17th, 2021 10:09pm
Oakland, California

Julie, my heart is with you, Fergie, RJ and Gigi. This is such shocking news. Bryan was one of the good guys. He left this world way too soon. I hope you find comfort and peace in the days ahead.