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Rev. Pete Young

December 30, 2019


Boulger Funeral Home

Rev. Pete Young

December 30, 2019


Peter Young, born April 9, 1930 to Helen (Fredricks) Young of Brooklyn, NY, and Peter Young of England, in Brooklyn, NY, passed peacefully surrounded by family the morning of December 30, 2019. He graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, NY with honors. He went on to graduate with a BS degree from Albright College in Reading, PA in 1952 and a MDiv degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 1956. He was licensed to preach by the Evangelical church in 1948 and ordained by the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1956. He transferred to the Evangelical and Reformed Church/United Church of Christ in 1958.

Pete married Anna (Anne) J. Dettrey in 1951. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and children, Peter D. (Jane) Youngbaer, Plainfield VT, Kenneth G. (Nancy) Young, Inverness, FL, and Barry M (Jane) Young, Middletown, RI and is preceded in death by his daughter, Jane A. Young (Brustad). He also helped to raise Shauna L. (Darrin) Eberhardt with his wife, Anne and has a total of 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. He valued family greatly, and had the opportunity to embark on a number of adventures across the country with several generations of his family.

Over the years, Pete served several churches including Ginghamsburg EUB (now UMC); Ginghamsburg OH, Salem EUB (now UMC), Baltimore, MD; Immanuel (Leidy’s) UCC, Souderton, PA; St. Paul’s UCC, Springfield PA; Cornwall UMC as Interim, Cornwall, NY; United Church of Hope (UCC/UMC), Hope, ND; Mayville Congregational UCC, Mayville, ND; and Hillsboro United Parish (UCC/UMC), Hillsboro, ND. He also served as Executive Director, Orange County NY Association for the Help of Retarded Children, Middletown, NY for 10 years; Chaplain of the West Traill Ambulance Squad, Mayville, ND; Interim Conference Minister, Northern Plains Conference UCC, Bismarck, ND for one year; and Instructor in Social Sciences, Mayville State University, Mayville, ND for ten years. He is also the author of Celebrate Life: Rituals for Home and Church published by the Pilgrim Press, UCC.

A Celebration of life will take place at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 1101 17th Ave S Fargo, ND 58103 On Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11:00am.


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4 responses to “Rev. Pete Young”

  1. Dami Abbey says:

    Crossing path with Rev.Young and his wife was the best thing that happened to me. He was a great listener, a gentle soul and more importantly a jokester. I will miss him asking for his sandwich creme cookies. I will miss picking his knowledge about everything. You and your wife were so kind and welcoming to me and my family and I will keep your family in my prayers.

    Rest in paradise Reverend.

    I will miss you,

  2. Holly (Fergus) Ruffner and family says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Peter Young. He was my cousin and I have many fond memories of him and all of the Young family as a child at Aunt Anna’s house in Central Valley. Much love to the Young family.

  3. Nancy E. Krody says:

    I was saddened to learn of Pete’s death when Anne called me on Jan. 4 and will share the news with folks who remember his wonderful pastorate at St. Paul’s UCC, Springfield. PA (now Collenbrook United Church, Drexel Hill). Pete is the reason I am part of the UCC, for which I’m forever grateful. My love to Anne and the boys and all of the extended family.

  4. Lee Kaldor says:

    Cynthia and I are saddened to hear of Pete’s passing. He was a dear friend during our time in Mayville. We had so many great conversations over the years and cherished his support in our public service. To Ann and your family, our prayers and overdue condolences and sympathies are with you.

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