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Paul R. Young Sr.

founder, president and owner of Paul R. Young Funeral Home, Hamilton and Oxford, Ohio, died March 18, 2013, at 91. Young graduated in 1942 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science before serving in World War II as a lieutenant with the U.S. Army in England, Belgium, Germany, France and Czechoslovakia. He was a medic in the Battle of the Bulge and in 1945 received the rare and extraordinary honor of a Battlefield Commission while serving in Germany. Young was the first in a small group of soldiers at the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp and among the first cars to free occupied Paris. He was decorated with the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Unit Award, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (EAME Ribbon), two Silver Stars, three Bronze Service Stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
Young started Paul R. Young Funeral Home in Mt. Healthy in 1948, adding locations in Hamilton and Oxford, and served as president and owner until his death. He also provided ambulance services in Mt. Healthy and burial services for many residents of Mt. Healthy Christian Home. Young was president of the Cincinnati Funeral Directors Association in 1949 and a continued member, and member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and NFDA. He was also professor of sculpting at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, head of the Restorative Art Department and instructor of Psychology of Grief.
He is survived by wife Marian, children Paul and Beverly, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.