Hugh A. Young
Hugh Albert Young of Onalaska, Wisconsin passed away on November 3, 2022. He was born on June 18, 1941 in Des Moines, Iowa to Howard and Marguerite Young. Hugh was raised in Monroe, Iowa with siblings Dwight, Myron, Linda (deceased infant sister), and Marvel. He delivered newspapers, was active in Boy Scouts, played trombone in the high school band, worked on cars (his and friends) and drove. Hugh graduated from Iowa State University (Engineering BS) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MBA) and worked at Trane Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin as a manufacturing engineer from 1963-2005. In the 1960’s he participated in sport car racing rallies and was a member of the Sports Car Club (SSC) now known as Sports Car Club of America (SSCA). The 1970- 1980’s included annual weekend camping adventures at Elkhart Lake to watch Road America racing and numerous family vacations. Hugh was a sports car enthusiast in every aspect, specifically for Chevrolet corvettes. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and the Indianapolis 500. There were many two-week car trips exploring national parks and unusual or quirky historical attractions in the United States. There were also regular motorcycle trips each August to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, with scenic rides to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, the Badlands and Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills. After-dinner motorcycle rides or a drive in a corvette convertible with Frank Sinatra music playing was how he concluded his day. Riverside Park was a favorite destination to watch people, the Mississippi River and reflect. Hugh will be remembered as a renaissance man and an avid collector of auto- related antiques and memorabilia and regional pottery. His other interests included college and professional football. Hugh was also a member of the Driftless Chapter of Antique Motorcycle Club of American and served one year as the historian. He was also member with the Doodle Bug Club, Red Wing Collector Society, and numerous local to national historical preservation societies. Most of all, Hugh’s legacy as an influential, positive role model and father is evident in the pursuits of his children. Three of his children are mechanical engineers and one builds backcountry roads and trails, and they all share a love of travel. Two of his sons are also Eagle Scouts. Hugh is survived by his wife Bonny Young; siblings Dwight (Dolores) Young, Myron (Diana) Young, Marvel (Bob) Dunaway; children Heather (John) Riccardi, Christopher (Gretchen) Young, Brian (Kay) Young, and Joel (Kassandra) Young; grandchildren John (Mary-Jordan), Marguerite (Garrett), Joseph, Madeline, Kate, Willem, and Alec; great grandchildren Braden, Browning, and Brooks. A private family ceremony was held on November 3, 2022 with scripture and poetry readings and prayers. A celebration of Hugh’s life will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2023. Details to be posted on Coulee Region Cremation website. Memorial donations may be sent to the following organizations: Onalaska Area Historical Society, La Crosse County Historical Society, or the National Trust for Historic Preservation.