Charles Young

Charles Young

URBANA — Charles Richard Young, MD, (age 86) died peacefully in his home Monday (June 18, 2018) surrounded by family, following a long illness.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church in Champaign. Pastor Herb Coates will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the memorial service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Charles was born March 31, 1932, in Flint, Mich., to Charles Wesley and Esther Louise (Strawbridge) Young. His father died when “Chuck” was 2 years old, and, thus, he was primarily raised by his mother and sisters, Joann (Cleveland) and Ruth Helen Young.

He met Charlotte Joyce Nissly while attending Greenville College (now University) in Greenville; they were married July 1, 1955, after he started medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He progressed through internships at Flint, Mich., and Norwich, Conn., eventually completing a psychiatry residency at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan. He moved his family to Champaign-Urbana to work at the University of Illinois McKinley Health Service in the early 1960s. He retired after 35 years from the U of I. In addition, he maintained a private practice that continued several years following his retirement from McKinley. He also taught a variety of classes on campus and enjoyed a six-month stint in New Zealand, working in psychiatry for the government health service.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charlotte, and children, Steven (Mary) of Mount Vernon, Iowa, Bruce (Judith) of Spring Hill, Kan., L. Jill (Jim) Morse of Knoxville, Tenn., and David (Gloria) of Golden, Colo. He is also survived by his sister, Joann Cleveland of Spring Arbor, Mich.; as well as 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Young; and infant son, Keith Wesley Young.

Chuck loved his family dearly and was an excellent husband to his wife and father to his children. Chuck was a good athlete and always adventurous, enjoying outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, sailing, running and bicycling well into his later years. Chuck loved a good football game in the backyard, still playing with the family after a Thanksgiving meal well into his 80s. 

He was a leader in his church, Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, and regularly taught classes on Sunday mornings. Chuck loved the Lord and taught his family to memorize scripture, be selfless in interactions with others and to live a life of godly holiness. His fun attitude, great sense of humor, ready smile and hilarious laugh will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He leaves a great legacy of faith to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We take comfort in the fact Chuck is now living it up in heaven, reveling in the presence of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

The family wishes to thank the excellent caregivers at Midwest Home Care and Carle Hospice who provided loving care for dad in his last days.

Memorial tributes may be directed to Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, 1913 S. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821 or Central Africa Healthcare Organization (CAHO) at

Condolences may be offered at Personal expressions of sympathy and condolences can be directed to Charlotte Young, P.O. Box 260, Urbana, IL 61824.