Kenneth R. Young, 85, of Vidor, passed away June 17, in Houston.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 25, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Kirk Ellender. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00- 8:00 PM, Friday, June 24, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Rochelle, La, on Jan. 5, 1931, he was the son of William Ebon Young and Audrey A. (Friday) Young. He served in the National Guard and was retired from DuPont. He was a 50 year resident of Bridge City prior to Hurricane Ike in 2008 where he was a member of the Judicial Watch, the Orange County Republican Party and was an avid campaigner for the Orange County Republican candidates. He was instrumental in the founding of the Bridge City Youth Recreation Association. He loved camping at Rayburn Park and on two different occasions, he played a major role in keeping Rayburn Park open. He attended Turning Point Church in Vidor and was a very devoted and active Christian. Kenneth loved and was deeply loved by his family, especially his children, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Young; parents and brother, Jimmy Wayne Young.

He is survived by his children, David W. Young and wife, Suzanne, of Houston, Karen S. Ellison and husband, Bubba, of Bridge City and Mark A. Young of Bridge City; grandchildren, Destiny Young, Adam Young, Justin Ellison, Dillon Young, Alex Young and Morgan Ellison and numerous other loving family and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Adam Young, Alex Young, Dillon Young, Mason Ousley, Ray Duhon, Jr. and Jody Crump. Honorary pallbearer will be Justin Ellison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 1535 West Loop S #240, Houston, TX 77027.

A special thanks to the wonderful staff of Methodist West- St. Catherine Hospital in Houston.