Travis Blair Young, 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, April 3rd at UPMC Altoona.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Thomas W. and Helen Sarah (Eggert) Young. On August 22, 1959, he married Carol L. Ghering in Harbison Chapel at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.
He is survived by wife, Carol, of 62 years; three sons: Tom Young (Marty) of Altoona, Rev. Dr. Richard Young (Colleen) of Lake Tahoe, and William Young (Becky) of Hollidaysburg; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
He was the youngest and last surviving of five brothers; he was preceded in death by brothers: Jack, George, Don, and Jim Young.
He was a 1952 graduate of Altoona High School, served 2 years active duty in the US Army, and was a 1959 graduate of Grove City College where he was recognized as an All- American Soccer Player in 1958, and was inducted into Grove City College Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004. He served 18 years in the US Army Reserve attaining the rank of Master Sergeant and proudly served with the 11th Special Forces Group.
He worked as a history teacher in Western NY for six years until starting an Independent Insurance Agency in Altoona in 1968. He retired from the Insurance Industry in 1992, and worked for the PA Department of Revenue until retiring in 1998. He served 2 terms as an Altoona City Councilman in the 1970's and one term as City Controller in the 1980's.
He was a lifelong Presbyterian, served as a past Moderator of Huntingdon Presbytery, and for over 40 years was a Presbyterian Commissioned Lay Pastor, preaching frequently in local pulpits. He was past president and Life member of the 82nd Airborne Division Keystone-Altoona Chapter, past commander and Life member of the Juniata VFW post 8685, past president of the Special Forces Association Chapter 67, Life member of the UVA, member of the Buccinese Society, member of the Tyrone Elks and a member of Logan Lodge No. 490 Masonic Temple, as well as a member of the Jaffa Shrine.
He was an avid motorcyclist and proud to receive recognition for riding in all 50 states.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, May 22, 3pm at Providence Presbyterian Church in Altoona. Visitation at the church from 1:30-3pm. Inurnment will be made at Blair Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Avenue, Altoona, 16602 or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N Rocky Point Dr., Tampla, FL 33607.