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Cecil F. Young

March 29, 1935 ~ October 21, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Cecil Young Obituary

DOYLESTOWN - Cecil F. Young passed away peacefully on October 21, 2023. He was surrounded by many friends, the Apostolic Home staff and his family. He was looking forward to seeing his wife, Betty, in heaven along with a host of friends and family.

Cecil was born in Barberton, Ohio on March 29, 1935. He was a proud alumnus of the Hametown Road Gang and lived to tell many stories. A graduate of Doylestown High School in 1953, he participated in athletics and was very proud to sing in one of the musicals. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and joined the 82nd  Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon returning home he was employed at PPG, Knapp Foundry, Bordon Dairy, 2 dairy farms, and an egg farm. He owned and operated several businesses that included full-serve gas stations, high pressure cleaning, and a distribution business selling automotive products. After buying a long-distance service from a salesperson, he decided he could sell the same service to all of his customers on his distribution routes. The rest is history. Over the next 10 years he was one of the highest salesmen for the company.

During his time selling long distance service he met a man with a missionary vision. Phil Batton was the leader of a Nazarene program called Heaven Train. Cecil very seldom missed a weekend to help minister to roughly 1200 young children through this ministry. Many from this area joined him to help with all the presentations and food. His grandson Michael was one of his biggest helpers with this program. Cecil’s last stop was as a manager for a thrift store to help fund the Barberton Rescue Misson, now called New Destiny Treatment Center.

Cecil was always known for his compassion for those people who were struggling with any of life’s frustrations. He had a passion for lifting people up and helping them. He would go to great lengths to help anyone. Cecil could be very enthusiastic, maybe intense, to keep those that he cared about living a positive, appreciative life. His life philosophy was nothing was worth doing without enthusiasm. His faith in God never wavered as he transferred to the Apostolic Home when his health faltered. He never complained. He accepted the move as part of God’s plan. Soon after arriving he began attending several of the daily activities and learned something about each person. Slowly he understood his role at the HOME. He realized that his mission was to give some of the people a little hope and happiness. He also had a lot of advice for anyone who would like to listen. He was very committed to everyone being heard and appreciated.

By the time of his passing, he was known as the “Mayor of the Apostolic Home.” He will be missed by many of the residents. He will also be missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his 4 children, Phil (Deb) Young, Treva (Al) Heil, Doug Young, Lori Young (Spurlock). And is survived by his brother Ted Young. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

A special note of appreciation should go to the Apostolic Staff for their kindness and thorough care of Cecil, particularly in his last days. Dad was incredibly grateful for the patience and care Maddy provided throughout his stay at the Apostolic Home. The family is truly grateful for the care and expertise Treva (daughter) provided Dad during his lifetime. Her time given to Dad was an incredible sacrifice for her and her family.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 12 p.m. at Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown 44230  with Pastor Howard Russell officiating. Inurnment with military honors will take place at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian Home, 10680 Steiner Rd., Rittman, OH 44270. Online obituary and guest registry are available at

(Zak-Thacker & Monbarren, 330-658-2211)

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October 28, 2023

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home
132 N. Portage St.
Doylestown, OH 44230

Funeral Service
October 28, 2023

12:00 PM
Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home
132 N. Portage St.
Doylestown, OH 44230


Apostolic Christian Home
10680 Steiner Rd., Rittman OH 44270


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