MILES CITY, Mont.- Paul E. Young and Nellie Mae (Heron) Young welcomed their first son, Glen Elmer into the world on Christmas Day, December 25, 1917.
As a young boy, he lived with his parents on the homestead on Cherry Creek, north of Terry, Montana where his father ranched and broke horses. He learned at a young age how to ride and properly care for them. When he was 5 years old, the family moved to Terry. Paul bought the transfer and ice business. Everything was still done with horses and wagons. Glen learned the business at an early age. He attended school in Terry. In the summertime, quite a lot of town people had barns they could keep milk cows in. They would pay Glen $2 per month to take the cows to Paul’s pasture for the day to graze and then Glen would bring them back in the evening. He gave his father half the money because it was his pasture. There were usually 10 to 12 head, so that meant $10 to $12 per month. That was quite a lot of money for a child.
In 1932, his father and Sid Johnson, who both had a lot of horses, got together and decided to send Glen out to ride with the CBC’s (Chapple Brothers Company) to represent them in gathering and branding of their horses. Everyone’s horses ran together on the range. Glen would make sure Paul and Sid’s horses didn’t get shipped off with those belonging to Chapple Brothers. At that time, the CBC’s was the largest and wildest horse operation in America. Quite an experience for someone his age.
While in school, Glen worked for his parents, who also owned and operated the drayline in Terry. They had a contract to carry mail between the post office and the trains and to transfer freight from the Northern Pacific and Milwaukee railroads, besides lumber, coal and anything from stores to customers. Glen took over the business upon graduation from high school in 1936. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Juanita McLarnon. They lived in a small house in Terry. Their first child, Gail, was born in 1937 followed by their first son, Paul Dennis, who was also born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1938. Other children included Sandra, Kent and Cyndy.
Glen enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to boot camp. Just when he was ready to ship out to Japan, the bomb was dropped and he was sent home.
Glen was an exceptional bronc rider. He was never bucked off a horse. He also enjoyed music and in fact played guitar and sang in his younger years. In 1942, Glen went to Roswell, New Mexico to build Air Force bases. The family later moved. They returned to Terry a few years later. He was determined to stay home, but ended up traveling to Alaska to work on building the Al Can highway. Glen worked for several road construction companies through the years. This took him to Colony, Wyo. in 1974 to haul bentonite. A year later, he was back to Alaska, where he worked hauling gravel until he retired from the Union in 1985. He moved to Belle Fourche to once again haul bentonite. That is where he met his future wife Vicki Davis. They were married Dec. 31, 1991 in Belle Fourche. They later moved to Miles City, where they resided until his death.
Glen had been in Friendship Villa for the past few years. Glen would have celebrated his 100th birthday December 25, 2017. He lived 36,383 days. He passed away Aug. 5 with family by his side.
Glen is survived by his wife, Vicki (Davis); sons: Paul Dennis (Chris) Young of Miles City, MT; and Kent (Margo) Young of Belle Fourche, SD; and his daughter Cyndy (Marc) Schimke of Phoenix, AZ; a stepdaughter, Tiffany Catlett of Florida; and his father-in-law Al Davis of Belle Fourche, SD. He had 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Chet, Eugene and Alvin; his sister Lila (Dan) Hewitt; daughters: Gail Bibeau and Sandra Binder; grandson Michael Bibeau and granddaughter Bree Elena Young.
Military Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 11 a.m. at the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com