Lloyd R. Young of Springfield passed away peacefully in his home on November 22 in the loving presence of his wife and two children.

Lloyd R. Young of Springfield passed away peacefully in his home on November 22 in the loving presence of his wife and two children.

Lloyd was born on March 11, 1930, in Lamoure, North Dakota, to Raymond and Mable Young. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Iowa State University. After serving on the faculties of Iowa State University, Graceland College and Colorado Women’s College, he moved to Springfield in 1971 to become the head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at then Southwest Missouri State College. He enjoyed an illustrious career at Missouri State University, and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1997. His parents and a brother, JD, preceded Lloyd in death.

He is survived by his wife Lyn; and his son, John, of Springfield, and daughter, Katie of Lenexa, Kan., and their mother, Joan Young, also of Springfield; as well as John’s wife, Diane and daughters, Tessa and Kimberly and Katie’s husband, Jay Lubarsky; and his daughters, Allison and Emily. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Clarice of Lamoure, N.D., and her daughters, Jackie, Janice, Barb and Karen. He also leaves behind countless friends, former students, and fellow citizens who benefited from his wisdom and gentle guidance. Lloyd leaves a long legacy of community service to Springfield and the Ozarks. He was a founder of the Good Communit y Committee, the Mayor’s Commission on Children and was the inaugural director of Missouri State’s Community and Social Issues Institute. He was a former leader and board member for Springfield Sister Cities, and served selflessly on many boards and task forces, most recently on the Police and Fire Pension Task Force. Lloyd committed his professional life and retirement to helping make Springfield a Good Community. His service was both as a student...always listening to every side with an open mind...and as a teacher, helping others understand new viewpoints in his thoughtful, reasoned way. He touched many lives in his decades of service to Springfield, and will leave a void in our civic life for years to come.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 12, in the Lander’s Theatre in downtown Springfield. In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased if memorial gifts in his honor were made to the charity of your choice for the betterment of your community. Local donations can be made through Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.