BYRON — Norman Emery Young Jr., 67, of Byron, died at home surrounded by loved ones, Saturday, Jan. 15, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born in Rumford Jan. 6, 1944, the son of Norman E. Young Sr. and Lenna Stowe Young. He attended schools in Mexico and was currently employed as a journeyman mechanic in the machine shop at New Page Paper Co. Prior to that, he worked at Glover Machine Shop in Roxbury for 19 years. He loved his job and enjoyed working with machinery, especially his excavator.

He was a master Maine guide and loved the great outdoors. He shared this love with his children and grandchildren by trips to Bemis and Dolly Mt. camps and teaching them to pan for gold. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time at his camp on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, especially May fishing week, and fly fishing on the Little Kennebago. He loved hunting with his friends, playing cards, riding his snowmobile and following NASCAR. He raced stock cars in the 1960s and 1970s at Oxford Plains Speedway. He and Janet built their dream home on the Swift River on land inherited from his grandfather, Clarence “Howdy” Young. One of Norman and Janet’s most memorable trips was to Alaska in 2004. He was a member of the Slippery Sliders Snowmobile Club. He was a valued citizen who was always quick to volunteer his time and machinery. He was known for his quiet disposition and his keen sense of humor. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Norman was married in Auburn Oct. 1, 2004 to his loving companion of 29 years, Janet Law. Other survivors include his son, Norman E. Young III, and wife, Michelle, of Dixfield; daughter, Melissa Ramey, and husband, James, of Byron; six grandchildren, Amanda Kane, Brandon Young, Craig Young, Ryan Plourde, Shayne Plourde, and Ben Plourde; five great-grandchildren, Sean and Leah Kane, Gage and Cole Young, and Zachary Norman Michael Kane, due in May; sisters, Irene Hutchinson and Judy Boucher and husband, Roger; sister-in-law, Phyllis Young and her companion, Kenny Waugh, all of Byron; brother-in-law, Robert Law and wife, Jeannine, of Rumford, brother-in-law, John Law and wife, Becky, of Turner;
sister-in-law, Mary Law of Mexico. He is also survived by many special friends, nieces, and nephews; and his best friend, Gene Knox, of Rumford. He will be missed his faithful dog, Denali.

He was predeceased by his parents; parents-in-law, John and Bet Law; brother, Donald S. Young; sister, D. Jean Young; nephew, James Scott Young; niece, Liza Jean Furestenberger; and brother-in-law, Bob Noyes.

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