Father Robert Galen Young, OFM

Published 10:04 am Friday, November 10, 2017

Father Robert G. Young, OFM, 68, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Sunday, November 5, 2017 in St. Petersburg.

The family will receive friends for visitation at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange, Texas, Monday, November 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Con-celebrating will be Father Larry Gosselin, OFM and other Franciscan Clergy.

The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Orange. Serving as pallbearers are David Smith, Brandon Smith, George Duhon, Robbie Duhon, Thomas Vilo and Brother David Paz.  Honorary pallbearers will be all of Father Rob’s Franciscan Brothers.

Rob was born in Orange July 13, 1949 to C.J. and Earline Young.  The first son born following two girls, he was a very welcomed addition to the family.  He was a very precious child and was so cute and charming.  He could get away with anything.

Rob was baptized at St. Mary Church.  It is here he received the Sacraments and was nurtured in the faith.  He attended St. Mary Elementary School and following his graduation from St. Mary High School, attended the University of Dallas, U.C.L.A. at Berkley and Boston University.  He received many degrees and honors while in college.

He attended Seminary; was vested in 1975 and was ordained by Bishop Schubsda on September 11, 1982 at Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California.  Following his ordination, Father Rob celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary Church.  It is very fitting that we now remember and celebrate his life in this Church.

Father Rob had been assigned to Indian Ministry in Topowa, Arizona and to parishes in Portland, Oregon, Three Rivers, California, San Francisco, California, Tularosa, New Mexico, Pensacola, Florida, Tallahassee, Florida and Santa Barbara, California. For a time, he lived in the Holy Land and often spoke of how he would love to again live in the mountains of Jerusalem. At the time of his passing, he was assigned to St. Petersburg, Florida.  He had a special appointment and project in his ministry of the Divine Will of God.

Father Rob was appointed a Papal Missionary of Mercy by Pope John Paul, II.  As a missionary, he traveled to many states and countries, giving retreats, missions and being a guest speaker at conferences and meetings.  He was honored to Con-celebrate Mass with Pope John Paul, II.

A humble man, his accomplishments, which he never liked to talk about, were many.  He had Master’s degrees in Theology, English and Philosophy.  He could speak five languages fluently; play many different musical instruments; had a beautiful voice; and was a gifted writer.  He served as director of Radio Maria in Alexandria, Louisiana.  He loved his ministry there because he could touch so many people through the radio programs.

Rob was very outgoing and never met a stranger.  He made thousands of friends all over the world as he served in the states and Europe.  He was a quiet, peaceful man who enjoyed being alone in prayer.

Following the death of his father at a young age, Rob had to become the “man of the house.”  He helped his mother as she worked to raise five children.  He was a dependable, responsible and an awesome brother.  He was always there for his family.  He would counsel us, pray for us and pray with us.  Father Rob was such a joy and very precious man to our family and the world.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him but we rejoice that he has entered into the eternal presence of his Lord and is again with our Mom and Dad.  We love you Rob!  You were a good and faithful servant!

Father Rob was preceded in death by his parents, C.J. and Earline Young.  He is survived by his brother, Anthony Young and his partner, Greg Tinsley, of Pearland, Texas; sisters, Glenda Lucia and her husband, John, of Orange, Nancy Smith and her husband, David of Houma, Louisiana, Marian Duhon and her husband, George, of Dallas, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews and his close friends, Father Michael Weldon, OFM and Father Larry Gosselin, OFM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franciscan Friars, Development Office, Province of Saint Barbara, 1500 34th Ave., Oakland, California 94601 (sbfranciscans.org); Radio Maria, 601 Washington St., Alexandria, Louisiana 71301; or St. Mary’s School Foundation, 2600 Bob Hall Rd., Orange, Texas 77630.

Arrangements are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange