Longtime Jefferson Township teacher W. Wayne Young, age 89, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, at his home in Wantage surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Steele, Missouri to the late William Frank Young and Annie (Pitt) Young, he attended Deering High School in Missouri and graduated from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN, with a BA in History in 1957. He later earned an MA in Social Studies from Montclair State and a 6th year certificate in Curriculum and Teaching from Hunter College in New York City.
He was a Korean War Era veteran of the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953, discharged with the rank of Sargeant. He lived in Wantage since 1974.
Young taught in Jefferson Township first at the Ellen T. Briggs School where he first taught self-contained classes and then seventh and eighth grade social studies. When the high school opened in 1964, he began teaching history there. He served as the Chair of the Social Studies Department from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. After his retirement, Wayne helped his wife at the Young School and was known as “Farmer Young” to all the students and their families. He joined the First Presbyterian Church of Sussex in 1975 and served as an Elder and former Treasurer.
Wayne had many hobbies, which included reading, gardening, livestock, and history. He was predeceased by his siblings, Earl, Frances, Edna and Marjorie. Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara (Bullman) Young; his three sons, Brian Young of Bridgewater, Barry Young of Wantage, and Bruce Young and his wife Kristin and their children, Abby and Ian of Saratoga Springs, NY; his brother, Bruce Young and his wife Kandy of Memphis, TN; and his sister, Wilma Harbin and her husband Bill of Huntsville, AL.
Barbara Young taught Kindergarten in Jefferson before starting her nursery school. She lived on Nolan’s Point for many years.
Many of his former students posted their thoughts and condolences on Facebook after hearing of his death.
Among them were Ellen Sissom, who said simply: “I still remember all the Presidents because of him.”
Judy Romanosky Condit wrote: “I always liked Mr. Young. I had him for social studies in eighth grade. I remember with fondness how he looked over his glasses whenever he explained a difficult concept.”
Dot Christensen recalled: “He was one of the teachers in the two room school (now the Jefferson Day Care Center but used for fifth and sixth grade classrooms for a few years). . .I had Mr. Gomber but they often combined lessons.”
Kathy Ryan Ackerman said: “Mr. Young was my seventh grade social studies teacher. . .and tolerated a lot from our class, but he was always kind.”
Richard Dow posted on Facebook: “Mr. Young was one of many great Jefferson teachers who set me on the right track. I thank them all for gifts I can never repay.”