Charles B. “Chuck” Young and Barbara “Karen” Nygren were married July 30, 1966, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Reno, Nev. They have two children: Kenneth L. (Reginia M.) Young of Tehachapi, Calif., and Barbara “Jennifer” (Chad E.) Lewis of Galt, Calif. Chuck and Karen have six grandchildren: Sgt. Gillian Samantha Munn, Langley A. F. B., Newport News, Va.; Melissa Michelle (Noah C.) Richards, Tehachapi, Calif.; Samantha Michelle Young, Tehachapi, Calif.; Terry Ann Paiz, Tehachapi, Calif.; Faith Aeriel Lewis, Galt, Calif., and Cadet Kyle Mason Lewis, U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and three great-grandchildren: Brooklyn Taylor Haelewyn, Preston Michael Richards and Bristol Elizabeth Richards, all of Tehachapi, Calif,
A buffet dinner was held at their home at Hyatt Lake July 23, 2016. The dinner was hosted by their children, Kenneth L. Young and Jennifer Lewis, with 70 people in attendance. Those traveling a great distance to attend were their two children, four of their six grandchildren and their three great-grandchildren, as well as Patricia A. and Jerome G. “Ski” Glodowski of Vacaville, Calif., and Gerald A. “Jerry” and Virginia Vieira of Council, Idaho. One of the highlights of the day was when their grandson, Cadet Kyle Lewis, called from the Air Force Academy to wish them a happy anniversary.
Mr. Young was born in Medford, on the hottest day on record. He was raised in Central Point and graduated from Crater High School in 1964. He immediately entered the U.S. Air Force at age 17.
He was stationed in Biloxi, Miss., where he attended Technical School and learned electronics. During his career, he was stationed at Andrews A.F. B., Camp Springs, Md.; Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Takhli, Thailand; Sunnyvale Satellite Test Center, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Karamursel Common Defense Installation, Karamursel, Turkey; the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.; Ramstein A. F. B., Germany where he narrowly escaped the bombing of the USAFE Headquarters building by the Baader Meinhof Gang; and McClellan A. F. B., North Highlands, Calif. He retired from the Air Force as Chief Master Sergeant, serving 22½ years, in 1986. After his retirement from the Air Force, he went to work for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as a warning controller. He was on duty when the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck, near Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1989. He retired from the Office of Emergency Services as Chief of Telecommunications in 1996, with 10 years of service. It was at this point that Chuck and Karen returned to Oregon.
Mrs. Young was born in Klamath Falls and was raised there and in Medford. She graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1967. She was a stay-at-home mom, all the way around the world. For a short period of time, she worked as a cashier for Montgomery Ward and a few years as a receptionist in a Hearing Center. Karen has enjoyed her 50 years pursuit of family genealogy. Her husband fondly calls her genealogy, “Bone Diggin”. She also enjoys sewing, crochet, crafts and her church.
The couple enjoys their log cabin in the mountains, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing and morel mushroom hunting. Their greatest pride is their family.