Robert (Bob) Young was born in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 6, 1935. In 1948, his family moved to Atascadero, Calif., where he graduated from Atascadero Union High School early in 1953.
He traveled to Zambia, Africa, in 1953 with the missionary Logan family and later married Viola Logan in 1955. They raised four children, Daniel, Elaine, Janette and Margie Young, while involved in mission work at a village called Chavuma.
Together, Bob and Viola were active with church planting, education at a private girls school, hospital work, building projects related to school and hospital, and camp work. While on furlough for their childrenís high school and college education, Bob acted as principal at North County Christian School (five years), and he assisted the Chaplain at the Menís Colony in SLO. Later he supported a church work in Hayward, Calif., as an elder. At intervals in the 12 years of education, Bob visited and assisted with the ongoing work in Zambia. †
In 1987, both Bob and Viola returned to continue their various ministries in Zambia. In 1998, Viola passed away and Bob concentrated on the revision of the Luvale Bible.
He met Beth Sushereba while she was on a short-term mission trip to help at a nearby village. They were married that same year in December 2000 and for the next 15 years continued in Bible revision work, maintenance and building projects for the mission hospital. He trained men to be able to carry on their own businesses or farms independent of missionary help as well as becoming involved in their own camp, orphans and widows outreaches.
After a brief illness, Bob passed away on June 20, 2016, in Zambia, Africa, and was buried there.
He is survived by his wife Beth; son Daniel Young and family of Rocklin, Calif.; Elaine Ferguson and family of Atascadero, Calif.; and Janette and Margie Young of Sakeji, Zambia. Also surviving are his sister-in-law Nancy Young and daughter Annette of Atascadero; Nancyís son Bill Young II of Virginia; and Bobís brother-in-law Dr. Dan Blair of West Virginia. The family includes 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Atascadero Gospel Chapel. The public is invited.
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