Ralph M. Young*

Ralph M. Young*

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Ralph M. Young*

Ralph M. Young, Jr., b ed, was born on March 3, 1923 in Lawrence, Kan., the son of Ralph and Ruth (Pruessner) Young. Ralph grew up in Topeka and attended Topeka High School. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe and built bridges. After the war, he built houses and worked for the State Architects Office and State Department of Agriculture. Later, he enrolled at Washburn University and earned a bachelor's in education. While student teaching, he met Jeanette E. (Smith) Jordan and they were married on September 6, 1957. He immediately became a dedicated father to her six children. Ralph and Jeanette had just celebrated 44 years of marriage at the time of her death on September 9, 2001. Ralph was a life-long educator, teaching first at Neosho Rapids and later in the Topeka school system for thirty years, primarily at Highland Park South Elementary. Ralph loved teaching and learning. While teaching, he went back to school at Emporia State University to earn a master's degree in education. He also enjoyed sports and was a basketball and football official for many years. After retiring, he worked part time at the Villages with the youth in the Karl Menninger Cottage. Ralph was very active in Boy Scouting, first serving as a Boy Scout leader and later as a commissioner. For many summers, he worked at Camp Jayhawk as part of the staff. He received the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Boy Scouts of America. He loved camping and especially loved camping in the Grand Tetons with his family. He passed away on March 10, 2008.