E. Kingston, NH — Dale Thornton Young of East Kingston, N.H., former longtime Amesbury resident, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2014, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. He was 68 years old. His death followed an 8 year long battle with leukemia. He was the son of the late Olive G. and Dale T. Young. Mr. Young was born in Newbury, England and came to the U.S. as an infant with his mother to reunite with his father who had returned to the U.S. after WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Margery R. (Lavoie) Young and daughter and son-in-law, Melissa R. and Christopher B. Szwed of Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Young graduated from North Reading High School, class of 1963. He was happy to have been able to attend the recent 50th class reunion to see former classmates.
He joined the U.S. Army immediately upon graduation and after basic training at Ft. Dix, he attended the Military Intelligence School at Ft. Holabird, Baltimore, Md. He was stationed at Boston Army Base with the Military Intelligence Group.
He was then stationed in France with the 766th MI Group in Orleans, France. The Youngs were married in France, and their daughter was born there. After that tour of duty ended, Mr. Young was stationed in West Berlin, Germany with the 513th MI Group based in Berlin Brigade.
He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon returning to the U.S., he returned to Ft. Holabird and was part of the FTX Committee involved in training military intelligence personnel until he was honorably discharged in 1968.
Mr. Young graduated from Burdett College in 1971 and he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stonehill College in 1978. He earned an MBA from Suffolk University, in the Executive MBA Program in 1980. Mr. Young’s 40 year career in the insurance business began in 1969. He worked for large Boston area companies including Kemper Insurance Company, Cigna Insurance, and American Mutual in Wakefield and Arbella Insurance in Quincy. He was the president of the Insurance Credit and Collection Association for many years. He retired in 2009 due to declining health.