William Dale Younkin
Published in Idaho
State Journal on July 8, 2010
POCATELLO - William
Dale Younkin, 82, was born July 7, 1927 in Oil Hill, Kansas and died July
5, 2010. Dale grew up in Larned, Kansas where he was active and excelled
in baseball, basketball, and football as well as academics.
He later played professional baseball as a pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Dale also took great pride in achieving the rank of Eagle scout and later
guided other young men in that same experience.
Patriotism, loyalty and respect for his country was evident in Dale's
life as he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp, a little early
at 17 and was honorably discharged when the war ended.
Dale married the love of his life of 62+ years on September 5, 1947. Dale
and Jerry then moved to Hays, Kansas where Dale received his BS in Agronomy.
In his spare time, Dale continued his woodworking skills making beautiful
solid wood furniture for their home. Those original pieces are a family
legacy to this day.
Dale began his professional career in Hoxie, Kansas as a Soil Conservationist
for the United States Department of Agriculture.
While living in Hoxie, Dale and Jerry welcomed their daughter, Lynn and
sons Mike and Clint into their family. Dale was also active in community,
church, civic, and scouting leadership positions. Giving back was always
a part of Dale's life.
In 1970, Dale and Jerry moved their family to Emporia, Kansas where Dale
was promoted to Area Conservationist for 7 years.
Dale was then transferred to the mountains he so loved and continued his
career as Area Conservationist in Pocatello, Idaho where he supervised
southeastern Idaho until his retirement in 1983. Dale shared his passion
for the responsible stewardship of God's natural resources with all who
Dale was an avid sportsman and the stories he could tell
hunting, and golf!! That is where his impeccable integrity for the truth
may have approached the gray area!!
In his retirement, Dale continued creating custom furniture for his home
and homes of his children. The furniture was a symbol of love for the
family he cherished.
Dale really enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's activities
in person or on TV and rehashing the events. Those genes are carrying
on with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dale is survived by his life partner and cheerleader of 63 years, Jerry
daughter Lynn and son-in-law Dave Schneider, sons, Mike Younkin and daughter-in-law
Gay, Clint Younkin and daughter-in-law Kate; grandchildren include Dirk
and wife Jen Johnson and great grandchildren Haven and Kendall; granddaughter,
Darcy Johnson and great grandson Bryton; granddauhters, Shantel Schneider,
Angelina (Schneider) and husband Francisco, Leah (Schneider) and husband
Andy Rodemich, Erin (Younkin) and husband Phil Kaberline and great granddaughters,
Rylie and Emmersyn; grandson Kyle Younkin and wife Kailey; grandson, Christopher
Butler and granddaughter, Chelsea McDougall.
Dale will be greatly missed but the values, lessons, and character by
which he lived will be the legacy for those he touched.
A memorial service to celebrate Dale's life will be conducted by Rev.
Pam Mays on 30 July 2010 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church 202
S. 7th in Pocatello, with Military Honors after the service in Caldwell
Park by the Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be held September
5th 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Larned Kansas cemetery.
The family is grateful for the many acts of kindness and caring by Creekside
Hospice, lifetime friends, and the Pocatello community.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.Colonial-FuneralHome.com.