Lieutenant Steve Young was 49 years old and lived in Delaware.
Lieutenant Kermit Steven "Steve" Young was 49 years old and lived in Marion.
Thursday, January 9, 2003 in the evening after battling cancer for several months at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Lieutenant Steve Young was born in Upper Sandusky to Ray and Lillian (Heffelfinger) Young. He graduated from Upper Sandusky High School. He was a member of the Christian Church and became National President of the F. O. P. in 2001 and served as National Vice President since 1987. He served as Ohio State President of the F. O. P. from 1988 untill 1999. Prior to his service as State President, he served as Vice President and Third District Trustee for the Ohio State Lodge and President of his local lodge, Marion County Lodge #24. He is an active law enforcement officer serving as a Lieutenant in the Marion City Police Department and is a graduate of the 185th Session of the FBI National Academy. In addition, Steve had been appointed to several state wide committees such as the Attorney General's Advisory Council, the Supreme Court's Committee on Drugs, Former governor Voinovich's Labor Advisory Committee and Governor Bob Taft's Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council. In June of 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Mr. Young to his Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Medal of Valor Review Board. He was very well known throughout Ohio and the country.
Lieutenant Steve Young is survived by his wife: Denise, 2 sons: Steven (Karen) Young of Monroe, Louisana, Staten Daniel of Scottsdale, Arizona, his mother: Lillian of Upper Sandusky, 3 sisters: Gloria (Howard) Steurer of Nevada, Kay (Cal) Baker of Toledo and Deborah Smith of Upper Sandusky and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father: Ray and step-father: Harry Heffelfinger.
Arrangements are being handled by Schoedinger Funeral Home, 6699 North High Street in Worthington. Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 10am at the Grace Brethren Church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Road, Columbus, Ohio. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. The funeral procession will travel north on Route 23 to Waldo, where it will turn onto Route 423 and proceed into Marion and then on to Upper Sandusky. Friends may call Monday, January 13, 2003 from 7pm until 9pm and Tuesday, January 14, 2003 from 2pm until 4pm and 7pm until 9pm at the funeral home. There will be a F. O. P. service on Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society on Steve Young's behalf.
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Cancer Claims Marion Police Officer, National FOP President
Steve Young, a Lieutenant with the Marion City Police Department and National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, died Thursday, January 9, of cancer. He was 49.
Young, a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, had been with the Marion Police Department since February of 1976 and was actively serving as a lieutenant. Young graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in 1996.
During his battle with cancer, many members of the Marion Police Department shaved their heads as a show of support to a man they called their partner and their friend.
"Lt Steve Young will be missed," expressed Marion Police Chief Tom Bell in a press release. "His friendship and leadership can never be replaced."
Young was a 26-year member of the FOP, and served as local president in 1980 and 1981, the State of Ohio President from 1988 to 1999, and was elected the National President in 2001.
"Steve Young spent his career fighting for the rank-and-file member," said Chuck Canterbury, the F.O.P.'s National Vice President. "In his eleven years as President of the Ohio State Lodge, four years as National Vice President and his all-too brief term as National President, Steve woke up each morning and went to work for the citizens of Marion City and the rank-and-file officers in every region of the country. He was as dedicated a man, an officer, and a friend as I have ever known."
Young was well known throughout Ohio and the United States. He had been appointed to select committees by Governor George Voinovich and Governor Bob Taft. He had also bee appointed to a White House committee by President Bill Clinton and was appointed to the Homeland Security Council by current President George Bush.
"The law enforcement community lost a great friend and leader today. Steve Young committed his life to protecting his community and to supporting law enforcement officers across our nation," Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement. "I am grateful for the contributions Steve made, and I am saddened by our tremendous loss. I offer my deepest sympathy to Steve's family at this difficult time."
During his career, Young helped create the Ohio Labor Council, with more than 8,000 members. The group aims to improve the effectiveness of management and labor negotiations within police forces.
Calling hours will be held at Schoedinger Funeral Home, 6699 North High Street in Worthington, on Monday, January 13, from 7pm to 9pm and on Tuesday, January 14, from 2pm to 4pm and from 7pm to 9pm. There will be an FOP service on Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 15, at 11am at the Grace Brethren Church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Road, Columbus, with burial in the Old Mission Cemetery in Upper Sandusky. The funeral procession will travel north on State Route 23 to Waldo where it will turn onto State Route 423 and proceed into Marion and then on to Upper Sandusky.
Young is survived by his wife, Denise, two sons, three sisters and his mother.
to read a statement about Young issued by the National FOP.