| November/December 2000

LESTER N. 'SARGE' YOUNG passed away August 21, 2000 in Perrysburg, Ohio. He was born April 16, 1916 in Clyde, Ohio.

I knew Lester for over 50 years. He was a master mechanic and could fix almost anything. He worked as a maintenance mechanic at Whirlpool Corporation for 35 years until retiring in 1980.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps 847th Air Engineering Squadron during World War II. He was stationed at the Schofield barracks in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. He received the European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, National Threshers Association, and the Steam Engine Enthusiasts. He built and piloted the SS Fascination, a steamboat which cruised up and down the Sandusky River during the 1970s and 1980s. He also built a steam-driven car.

He married Louise K. Durnwald on November 2, 1943. She passed away in 1971; he then married Zelma Young in 1972. He and Zelma were familiar figures at the National Threshers Show and other steam related shows.

His survivors include his sons Tom, David, and Jim; daughters Pat Edwards, Lynne Warren, and Luanne Yeager; stepsons Bernie Schramm and David Schramm; stepdaughter Dori Landrum; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.