Eugene Ellsworth Young, a member of St. Rita Church, died Dec. 22. He was 97.

Mr. Young was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Leola, S.D., to Iva and Henry Young. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He moved to Pasadena, Calif., then to Morristown, Minn., where he began working in the lumber industry. He married Luella Warnemunde. He worked for Copeland for 28 years, and then became a purchasing agent for a building supply company.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Todd Young, Grapevine, Texas, Kathleen Beglinger, Lincoln City and Patricia Jones, Portland; three granddaughters; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Msgr. Patrick Brennan at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at St Rita Church, followed by a lunch reception in the church hall.