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Russell "Russ" Young

April 17, 1946 — January 1, 2021

Russell "Russ" Young

A memorial service will be held for Russell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Morton United Methodist Church with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. 

MORTON – Russell M. “Russ” Young, 74, of Morton, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021, at his home.

He was born on April 17, 1946, in Champaign, Ill. to Arnold and Lucille (Davis) Young. Russell married Linda Keene on June 8, 1968 in Champaign.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Young of Morton; one son, Nathan (Rachel) Young of Fox River Grove, Ill.; one daughter, Christina (Jeff) Challender of Hinckley, Ill.; six grandchildren, Henry, Sadie, Everett Young and Jackson, Jonah, Jordan Challender; and one brother, Ronald (Barbara) Young of Mahomet, Ill.

He was preceded in death by both parents.

Russell was a graduate of the College of Business at the University of Illinois in 1972 and a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Russell was employed as an Information Systems Manager for the Morton Unit School District. He retired in 2006.

Chess was one of Russell’s favorite pastimes. He was a past member of the Greater Peoria Chess Federation and enjoyed teaching elementary students in the community how to play as well as his own children and grandchildren.  He enjoyed writing poems and stories, was a voracious reader and an avid golfer. His artistic talent showed in his many watercolors displayed in his home.

Russell’s greatest joy was spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren participate in various athletic and scholastic activities.

A memorial service will be held for Russell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Morton United Methodist Church with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. 

Memorials may be made to the Morton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 420 N. Tennessee St Ave., Morton, IL 61550, where Russell was a member.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com

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Visitation

Saturday, July 31, 2021

10:00 - 10:45am

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center

140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, IL 61550

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Memorial Service

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Starts at 11:00am

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center

140 S. Detroit Ave., Morton, IL 61550

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