Feb 10, 2020 4:01 PM

Arleen O. Young (1930-2020

Posted Feb 10, 2020 4:01 PM

Arleen O. Young, 89, of North Platte, died at the Sutherland Care Center on January 28, 2020.

Arleen was born April 6, 1930, to Albert Henry and Olive Violet (Nelson) Gass in Osseo, WI and grew up in Slayton, MN.  After graduating from Slayton High School in 1949, Arleen attended Northwestern Medical Technician College in Minneapolis then went to work for the Lutheran Hospital Society in Wyoming.

Arleen married, had a daughter, Pam, and lived in Arnold for 10 years.  She then moved to North Platte with her daughter and went to work as a Medical Technician for St. Mary's Hospital and later Memorial Hospital until retiring.

On July 31, 1972, Arleen married James Henry Young at Cheyenne and they made their home in North Platte.  Jim and Arlene owned and operated the Driftwood Manor from 1972-84 and also built the Lamp Lighter Inn at Lake Maloney which they operated for several years. They eventually sold the businesses and enjoyed their time together.

Arleen kept busy by volunteering and being active in various organizations.  She volunteered with R.S.V.P. and the Lincoln County Historical Museum; was a member of Sandhill Campers, Shrine Auxiliary, Eastern Star and V.F.W.  Auxiliary; was a member and Past President of American Legion Auxiliary; a charter member of Good Sam's Club; and a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Arleen enjoyed working at the historical museum, making desserts and cooking holiday dinners.  She loved her dog, K.K., and cat, C.D., but especially loved her grandbabies.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; daughter, Pamela Szwanek; parents, Albert and Olive Gass; brothers-in-law, Gerald and Don Young; sister-in-law, Joan Gass; and grandson, Robbie Mills.

Arleen is survived by her son-in-law, Kirk Szwanek, of North Platte; stepchildren, Steve Young and Debra (Marty) Myers, of Cheyenne, WY, Carol (Mike) Farmer, of Chesapeake, VA and Donna (Stan) Johnson, of Nolanville, TX; brothers, Don Gass, of Fulda, MN and Robert (Sue) Gass, of Slayton, MN; brothers-in-law, Pat Young, of Golden, CO, Owen (Betty) Young, of Kent, WA and Chuck Young, of Casper, WY; 8 grandkids, 9 great-grandkids, and other family.

Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. February 13, 2020, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore.  Inurnment will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.  The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln County Historical Museum.