Ernest “Ernie” Fred Younger
Ernie was born in Ellis, Kansas June 9, 1927, the third child of Fred and Anna Boos Younger. In 1936 his family moved to Colorado, and by 1942, had started a dairy farm in the Brighton area. After 8th grade, he quit school to help out on the farm, and in 1945, at age 18, enlisted in the Navy to fight in WWII. His military time was cut short with the end of the war, and by 1946 he was back in Colorado where he worked for CF&I in Pueblo, Colorado.
May 9, 1949 he married his one and only love, Laverna “Vernie” Brown. They started their life together in Pueblo, and in 1952, moved to Commerce City, Colorado where he began his career as a diesel mechanic. They resided in that area for the next 26 years.
In 1978, they decided to move back to the Brighton area and he opened his own business repairing motors. For the next 11 years, he worked in the business, and in 1989, retired to have more time to do all of the things he really enjoyed.
Throughout his whole adult life, there was never a time Ernie didn’t have a project going. He was constantly making or building something. He loved gardening, and every year, had a huge garden. He built a green house, and through winter, they had fresh vegetables. Fruit trees were everywhere on the property and he tried his hand at grafting to see what he could get. Grape vines gave him the opportunity to make wine. He raised beef, and pigs, so always had freezers full of meat. He had to try his hand at everything…he loved projects.
But his real passion was fishing. If fishing was mentioned, he was ready to go no matter where….all of Colorado, any US state, Canada & Mexico. Any trip that was made had to include fishing. His last wish before his death was to fish a particularly interesting pool on the Platte River across the street from his home.
Ernie, loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. His engaging grin and ready laugh will be sorely missed. He is survived by his daughter, Pat (Wayne) Medlin, and son, Jim (Linda) Younger, four grandchildren, Tim, Nikki, Jennifer, and Joe, and six great grandchildren, Taylor, Ciara, Brian, Emma, Riley and Peyton. His is preceded in death by both of his parents, 9 siblings, and loving wife.
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