Milo DeYoung, 54, of Le Mars died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at the Royal C. Johnson V.A. Medical Center at Sioux Falls, S.D.
Milo Gene DeYoung was born June 5, 1949, in Sioux City, to Joseph and Charlotte (Sorgdragger) DeYoung. As a young boy, the family lived in the Le Mars area. The DeYoung family moved to Long Beach, Calif., where Milo graduated from David Star Jordan High School. Following high school, Milo enlisted in the United States Navy on Jan. 15, 1968. He served in the Navy until March 17, 1969 when he was honorable discharged for medical concerns. He later enrolled in culinary school at Long Beach Community College.
Milo was united in marriage to Christina Ann Dewey Nov. 6, 1971, at Long Beach, Calif. While living in California, Milo and Christina were blessed with two children, Jeff and Jennifer. Milo had worked for the United States Post Office in Long Beach for several years. The family moved to Craig, Iowa, in November of 1977 and soon after was blessed with the birth of a son, Josh.
Milo never allowed his health to affect his positive attitude. While living in Craig, Milo had proudly served as mayor for over 20 years. While mayor, he helped improve the infrastructure of the community as well as facilitated the building of Eastman Field and several park improvements. Milo was designated as the family chef for many family gatherings.
Milo also cherished the time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed woodworking. Milo had the gift to develop many friendships. He knew no strangers, only friends.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Christina of Le Mars; three children, Jeff DeYoung and his wife, Myra of Le Mars, Jennifer DeYoung of Sioux City, and Josh DeYoung and his wife, Brooke, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his parents, Joseph and Charlotte DeYoung of Craig; six brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Milo was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Morgan DeYoung; a brother, Vernon DeYoung; a sister-in-law, Jane Johnson; a brother-in-law, Edward Clement and Verna Croon.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig, with the Rev. Pete Petersen officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville will be in the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery at Craig. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig with the family present to greet friends after 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service Tuesday evening at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be Ernie Moller, Randy DeYoung, Richard DeYoung, Mark Dewey, Jim Grasz, Chuck Van De Water, and Jan Wagner.