John R. Young, 76, died at home March 7, 2010, following an extended illness. Born in Houlton on Oct. 21, 1933, he was the son of John R. Sr. and Margaret Leighton Young. He was educated in Houlton area schools and entered the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1951.

After training at Paris Island, Mr. Young served as a tank commander in Korea during the Korean War. He returned to Houlton following his military discharge, working briefly with Coca Cola in Presque Isle, covering Aroostook and Washington counties. His next employment was with New England Telephone Company in Aroostook County.

On Feb. 14, 1956, he married C. Burnett Mowatt in Calais. The couple lived in many communities throughout the state and first came to Rockland with the phone company in 1971. He transferred to Bangor in 1983, and retired in 1986 as a supervisor after 32 years of service. In 1993 the couple returned to Rockland, where they have since lived.

For 20 years they enjoyed wintering in Florida, where they met many friends. In earlier years he enjoyed golfing, sport fishing and RVing.

Mr. Young is survived by his wife of 54 years, Burnett of Rockland; his son, J. David Young and his companion Melinda Wineburgar of Danbridge, Tenn.; two daughters, Barbara and her husband, Kenneth Rich Jr., of Rockland and Kathryn Young of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; two brothers, William Young and his wife, Pat, of Oxford, England, and Bernard Young and his wife, Rose, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn A. Young, Anna L. Rich and Makenzie R. Boylan; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by seven siblings, Ella, Madeline, George, Aubrey, Leverett, Hershal and Kenneth.

Mr. Young’s family would like to thank the folks at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice for their kind and gentle care during his illness as well as the friends and neighbors who helped with transportation while he was receiving radiation treatments in Bath.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather for a reception Friday, March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s 104 Limerock St. facility in Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, 270 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841; or Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, One Waldo Ave., Rockland, ME 04841.

Private interment will be at Achorn Cemetery in the spring.

To leave online condolences, visit obituaries at bchfh.com.