William A. “Bill” Young III, 74, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Reston, Va., passed away peacefully, after suffering a stroke, at Delaware Hospice on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. He was born July 6, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of William A. Young Jr. and Lenora Stephens Young.
Young graduated from Central High School, in the Class of 1960. He went on to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1964. He moved to New York to attend Columbia University, earning his MBA in 1966. Young then started his own company, Boone, Young & Associates with another Bates College graduate, David Boone.
He moved to Reston in 1974 to work for the federal government in the Office of Management & Budget (OMB). Following his work with OMB, he worked for BDM, EDS and other Washington, D.C., area consulting companies. His last position was with the Fairfax County (Va.) Office of Economic Development.
Young was an active member and deacon of the United Christian Parish, serving on many of their boards during his 35-plus years living in Reston. He became very active with their prison ministry and then with Kairos Prison Ministry International during that time. Following his retirement to Millsboro, near Rehoboth Beach, he joined Epworth United Methodist Church and again became an active member, starting a Kairos Prison Ministry program there as well.
Young was always involved in numerous volunteer organizations that attempted to better the lives of others. He was an active member of the Bates College Alumni Association, an advisory board member of the Business School at Shenandoah University, an advisor for student life at George Mason University and, later, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Development Council.
Young is survived by his wife, Diana Drury Philbrick Young; daughter, Stephanie Young Davidson and her husband, Tom, of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Howard S. Young of Annapolis, Md., and William H. Young and his spouse, G.J., of Ashburn, Va.; stepdaughters, Cynthia Gaulin of Chantilly, Va., Heidi Philbrick Buxton of Nashua, N.H., and Stephanie Philbrick Provost of Goffstown, N.H.; a stepson, Wesley Philbrick of Litchfield, N.H.; his sister, Stephanie Young Abbott and her husband, Ed, of Reston, Va.; his grandchildren, Logan and Miles Young, Courtney and Sydney Young, and Grace Davidson; and step-grandchildren, Curtis and Ashley Buxton, Noah Benoit and Victor Philbrick.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Visitation begins at 9 a.m., with the service at 11 a.m. and a reception to follow. A second celebration of life will be held Oct. 22, 2016, at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m., at United Christian Parish, 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, Va. Distribution of ashes in the Memorial Garden and a reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations be made to Epworth United Methodist Church and United Christian Parish. Arrangements were being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Lewes, Del. Condolences may be sent online at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.