Obituary for Walter Roath Young
Walter Roath Young, Jr., 84, of Bellefonte, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College.
He was born May 6, 1933 in Johnstown, Cambria County, the son of Walter Roath and Gladys Zimmerman Young. Upon the death of his mother when he was five, he was raised by his stepmother, Annabelle Fetzer Young. He was married for 60 years to Gretchen McCarl Young who preceded him in death.
Walter graduated from Johnstown High School in 1951. He was an Eagle Scout with Palms in the Boy Scouts of America, Past Master Councilor of the Order of DeMolay, and a member of the Johnstown Masonic Lodge 538. After graduation, he worked as a typesetter for the Johnstown Tribune Democrat and later at Bethlehem Steel in Johnstown before being drafted into the military. He was a corporal in the 526th Military Police, U.S. Army, and was attached to Joint Task Force Seven, Atomic Energy Tests, Operation Castle, Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. He later served in Joint Services Patrol for the District of Columbia out of Ft. Meade, MD.
Walter graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Secondary Education in 1959. After teaching a year at Harmony Area School District, he taught math, chemistry, physics and nuclear science at Bellefonte Area High School. He received his MEd in material science from Penn State University in 1972 and was one of the first teachers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to receive certification in nuclear science in 1973. While teaching at Bellefonte, he also served as Science Department Chairman, Faculty Manager of Athletics, Athletic Director, and co-yearbook advisor. He received the awards of Outstanding Educators of America in 1970 and of Leaders of Elementary and Secondary Education in 1971. He served as secretary, treasurer, and statistician of the Central Wrestling Conference for 25 years and was registrar for the District 6, Central Northwest Region and PIAA State wrestling tournaments. He was also named the District 6 Wrestling Man of the Year in 1987.
In his community, he established Cub Pack 36 and was Scoutmaster for Troop 36 at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Bellefonte. He served on the board of directors for Counseling Services, Inc. in Centre County. He was the treasurer for the board of directors for the Bellefonte EMS service. He was a member of the 1st United Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte where he served as deacon, trustee, elder and assistant treasurer.
Walter held numerous part-time positions during his life in Bellefonte including working as a painter for the Bellefonte Area School District, managing a miniature golf course in Mingoville, spraying lawns for Henry Fraser’s “Let Us Spray”, and working as an assistant manager at Weis Market in Bellefonte.
Walter is survived by his sons W. Charles Young (wife Charlene Hitchcock) of Pleasant Gap and David K. Young (companion Gail Brown) of Bellefonte; his daughter Laura A. Young of Biglerville; and his grandchildren Grace D. Young (fiancé Titus Stapleton) of State College and Stephen M. Young of Bellefonte.
There will be a public visitation held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 7-9 P.M. at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., in Bellefonte and Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10-11 A.M. at the church.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Spring Street with CLP Elder Candace Dannaker officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, 203 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823.