Thomas Jack Young, age 79, of Elgin, IL, passed away on June 21, 2021. He was born August 5, 1941 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to his loving parents, John George “Jack” and Grace Gertrude Young (née Simmons).

Thomas loved airplanes, so much so that he even built his own EZ plane. In high school, he joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program where he learned how to operate a CB radio, and also how to search for downed airplanes. The program gave him the opportunity to earn his stripes to go into the United States Air Force, where he served for four years, mostly in Africa, before being discharged with honors.

Thomas also loved to learn new things. He would go to Fermilab to study calculus, and to sit in on different lectures.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Grace Young. He is survived by his children, Katie Young, John Young, and Jennifer Holden; siblings, Charlotte (Ed deceased) Elting, Joyce (David) Keasler, Harper Young, and Steve Young; and granddaughter, Kaylee Holden.

A memorial will be held from 1:00pm until funeral service, with full military honors, at 4:00pm, Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Pr. Harry Weiskopf will be officiating

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 997 5561 4223, Password: 655669).

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home.  For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

3 Replies to “Thomas Jack Young”

  1. My sincerest condolences on Tom’s passing. Love and prayers for you all.

  2. We shared some great times together including a beautiful daughter and I will miss you. RIP Tom. Love always. Lisa

  3. Love and prayers to the family at this time! Our thoughts are with you always. Love Patty and Jim

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