Mr. William H. Youker, Jr., 72, of 164 Lotville Rd., town of Oppenheim, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, in Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare.
He was born on Dec. 5, 1940, in Herkimer, the son of the late William H. and Orilla Mae (Redmond) Youker, Sr., and was educated in West Canada Valley Central School.
His marriage to Earlene Booth took place on Dec. 10, 1960, in Herkimer; they would have celebrated 53 years of marriage this December.
Mr. Youker had been employed by area companies beginning with Don’s Smith Feed Store, Tricot & Militex Company, Library Bureau and retiring from Burrows Paper Corporation in 1968 due to an injury. He was also employed by the town of Fairfield several years ago.
Bill was baptized a Jehovah’s Witness in 1974 and was a member of the Kingdom Hall in Dolgeville. He personally enjoyed and was always helping his family in any way he could, especially as a mechanic working on the family vehicles. He also enjoyed country music. Bill served as president of the Salisbury Rural Cemetery Association.
He is survived by his wife, Earlene; his children, Lori Youker, of Dolgeville, Anita Daly and her husband, Brian, of Frankfort, Scott Youker and his companion, Lynne Shaut, of Dolgeville, Christine Randall and her husband, Herbert, of Dolgeville, Russell Youker and his wife, Diane, of Dolgeville, and Joel Youker and his wife, Tina, of Fruitland Park, Fla.; his sisters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Roselle Comstock, and Carolyn and Arnold Brown, both of Little Falls, Eleanor and Jack Wilhelm and Joyce Youker, both of Salisbury; his grandchildren, Scott, Joshua, Harley, Steven, Nicole, Russell, Cassandra, Joel, Zachary, Ashley, William, Travis, Mackenzie, Samantha, Angle, Donavan, Jason, Jim and Jennifer; several great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Steven Youker, in 2000; a sister, Deborah Blow; and a brother, James Youker.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness on Brockett Road, Dolgeville. Elder Michael Bono will officiate. Burial will follow in the Salisbury Rural Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Kingdom Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials or gifts may be given to the family.
A message of sympathy or a remembrance of Bill may be sent to the family at www.robertsandenea. com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brian A. Roberts of the Roberts & Enea Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville, 429-3144.