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Reagan Harris Young, Jr.

November 9, 1924 September 29, 2017
Reagan Harris Young, Jr.
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Reagan Harris Young, Jr., 92, passed away suddenly on September 29, 2017. He was born in Atlanta, GA to Reagan H. Young, Sr. and Mary (nee Hayward) Young on November 9, 1924. At the age of three, the Young family moved to Rolla, MO where Reagan Sr. took a position as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (since known as University of Missouri-Rolla and Missouri Institute of Science and Technology). Harris, as he was commonly known to distinguish him from his father, graduated from high school a semester early and entered college; however, he was drafted into WWII immediately upon his 18th birthday. He went to the Army Tank school in Ft Hood Texas. Following that, he was assigned to a special army training program located at the Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. This is where he met his future wife, Lois (nee Armstrong). After assignment to support Patton’s Third Army in Europe with the Corps of Engineers, he spent time in Greece and Austria as part of the European occupation. He and Lois were married on July 1, 1946 shortly after his return from Europe. Then, the couple returned to Rolla where he completed his chemical engineering degree. Harris secured a job at the Missouri Highway Dept. in Jefferson City, MO. They had their first son, Terrill (Terry), in February of 1951. A better paying and more challenging job was found in E. St. Louis later that year and this resulted in their move to Collinsville, IL in August of 1951. Don was born in 1954. Harris was a 66 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Collinsville, IL and a member of Collinsville VFW Post #5691. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lois (nee Armstrong) Young of Collinsville, IL, two sons, Terrill (Elaine Warner) Young of Cincinnati, OH and Donald (Lydia) Young of Advance, MO, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Reagan, a veteran of WWII, was an avid target and cannon shooter and he was affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans Southern IL camp Civil War Re-enactment group, a hobby in which he included the entire family covering a period of decades. He was a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri and had a 46 year career at the C.K. Williams pigment plant in East St. Louis, IL.
Memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church, Collinsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.acfuneral.com
Visitation will be from 9:00 a. m. until 11:00 a. m. Monday, October 2, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 207 West Church Street, Collinsville. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday at the church with Rev. Scott Carnes officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL. Allan & Ciuferi Funeral Home, Collinsville is in charge of arrangements.

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Visitation

Monday

2

Oct

9:00 AM 10/2/2017 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/2/2017 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

207 West Church Street
Collinsville, IL 62234

First United Methodist Church
207 West Church Street Collinsville 62234 IL
United States

Service

Monday

2

Oct

11:00 AM 10/2/2017 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

207 West Church Street
Collinsville, IL 62234

First United Methodist Church
207 West Church Street Collinsville 62234 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Lake View Memorial Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

5000 North Illinois Street
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

5000 North Illinois Street Fairview Heights 62208 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First United Methodist Church

207 West Church Street
Collinsville, IL 62234
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