|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1941|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 2009|
Richard-Dic "Youngsey" Youngs, 68, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center of heart failure.
Dic was born September 30, 1941 in Grand Island, Nebraska. He was the longtime DJ for KIOA radio.
Dic is survived by his wife, Jan; daughter, Jennifer Youngs; brother, Larry (T.J.) Youngs; step-daughter, Diana Loyd; sister-in-law, Helen Youngs; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Marjorie Youngs and his brother, Jerry Youngs.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2009 at The Meadows at Prairie Meadows. Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. prior to the service on Sunday. A private family burial will be held at Resthaven Cemetery.
Youngs, 68, was known throughout central Iowa for his rock ‘n' roll DJ career spanning more than 40 years at KIOA radio. He was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
He began his career at 940 KIOA-AM in 1966, and stayed with the station — now 93.3 FM — through five decades. He retired from KIOA in September of 2007 as host of "The Original Saturday Night Oldies Show." More recently he hosted a Saturday night show on a KIOA sister station, 1350 KRNT-AM.
"I was lucky. This year will be 50 years since I was a student at East High School, and when I was a student there, I knew exactly what I wanted to be," Youngs said last year when a section of Maple Street was unveiled as Dic Youngs Way. "Since I was 11 years old, I wanted to be a radio announcer — and by golly, I did it."
Gallery: Remembering Dic Youngs
The DJ, known to fans as "Youngsey," or "the Ol' Youngster," was an East High School student in Des Moines when Dick Vance hired him to work part time at KSO. He graduated from East in 1959.
Youngs switched to KIOA in the mid-60s.
He hosted most of the 28 Rock ‘n' Roll Reunions at the Iowa State Fair. As a forward on KIOA's "High Hoopers" basketball team, he helped the station raise almost $1 million for charity. He has single-handedly raised almost $500,000 for the Variety Club.
"I think listeners can hear his compassion for people," said his wife, Jan, in a previous interview.
Youngs ended each show with a trademark signoff: "Thanks for turning me on."
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Created by: David Dearinger
Record added: Oct 02, 2009
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