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 Lawrence Ruhland Young

Lawrence Ruhland Young

Birth
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Death 16 Mar 2008 (aged 78)
Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 25494266 · View Source
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My precious Dad.
Lawrence was the youngest child born to Noble & Minnie (Denner) Young, on January 5, 1930. He had 3 older siblings, who are now with him in heaven: Dolores, Bill, and Ferd. Grandchild of William & Amelia (Harrison) Young, and Ferdinand and Matilda (Hinck) Denner. I've been researching our ancestry, and know that he would have been fascinated by the process and all of the ancestors we've discovered--but they can catch up in person now.

Dad entered the Army in 1951 and was stationed in Alaska. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Right before his deployment, he became engaged to Mary Molinaro. He converted to the Catholic faith before their marriage, and was very devout. Lawrence and Mary were united in marriage on November 7, 1953. They lived with his mother-in-law, Angelina Molinaro, who operated a small confectionary store known as "Monair's." Dad called the store the "gold mine" and often told my mother that's why he married her.

He is survived by Mary, his beloved wife of 54 years; three children: Lu Ann and her husband Vince, Linda and her husband Bernie, and Larry and his friend Annette; three grandchildren: Jeffery, April, and Angelina; and eight great-grandchildren: Ashley, Jaelon, Jeff, Nathaniel Lawrence, Damien, Grayson, Matthew, and Christopher.

Dad worked at Continental Can Company in Baltimore (later Crown Cork & Seal) until his retirement in 1992. At that time he and Mom took over the penny candy store, and it became his "gold mine." He absolutely loved shopping...for groceries, clothing, supplies for the store–whatever you wanted to shop for, he was ready to go with you. He would often travel to several grocery stores just to get the best bargains.

Dad loved to travel. While we were always going to the beach, or on day trips, his first "real" vacation was to Hawaii, and he and Mom tried to go on vacation at least once a year, usually some place warm in the winter. They loved travelling to the Caribbean (Aruba being their favorite vacation spot), and they especially loved cruising. He also loved taking "Sunday drives" with his family.

Whenever we would go on Sunday drives, my father used to always ask us, "did you see that?" and it got to the point where even if we didn't see it, we would say, "yeah, Dad, we saw it." He would get a bit agitated with us if we weren't paying attention. As he said, if he could pay attention to the road and still notice things, then we should be able to pay attention to the scenery. On one drive, he said to us, "wow, did you see that huge plane?" Well, my mother started looking out of the window into the sky. We happened to be driving through Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and the plane was on the ground. He just rolled his eyes and shook his head.

Dad loved sports, both as a spectator and as a participant. He loved the Baltimore Colts, but he was a huge Washington Redskins fan, even more so after the Colts left Baltimore. He also enjoyed watching the Ravens and Orioles play. Up into his 50's, he would often play basketball at St. Paul's Mens Club, with men who were 20 to 30 years younger than him. He was very proud of the fact that he was always chosen first to be on a team. He liked to bowl, and was an excellent swimmer.

Dad was a very generous man, especially with his time. If anyone needed help, he was the first one to offer assistance. He led a very full and active life, and is very much loved by his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Dad, we little knew that morning that God
was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

My heartfelt thanks to Kendall & Triston for sponsoring my Dad's page. What a wonderful thing to do. My family has been touched by all of the support from our friends, and I count you as friends. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.


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