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George L. Young

March 2, 1939 — May 6, 2023


George L. Young

Hastings resident George L. Young, 84, passed away at home on May 6, 2023, with hospice, friends, and family by his side. When George departed, he headed straight to the Kentucky Derby to watch it with his wife, mom, & auntie.


Graveside service with military honors by the Hastings Honor Guard will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 12, in Parkview Cemetery (Block Y) officiating by Pastor Kurt Coleman. Book signing will be 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Start Over Rover.


 George was born March 2, 1939, to Earl & Gertrude (Goings Nelson) Young in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He married Sharon Rathjen on March 1, 1986; she preceded him in death on July 7, 2017. George was in the Air Force for 6 years. After the military, he worked for his best friend, Stan Karash for many years setting irrigation pivots and modular homes. Later on, he worked at Hastings Utilities as an operator of the North plant in 1980 and retired in 2006.


George loved the horse races and sports. He took Angel and Brandy and taught them how to win better than he could. One Easter, George thought he’d sneak up on the girls (Zoee and Enya) with small water guns but they turned around with big bazooka water guns and they soaked him and he had the biggest smile on his face. He was known as “the old gopher” at home because he would always hide in the basement. He taught his family everything he could about his Lakota Heritage. George was always there for his family in any way he possibly could be. He treasured his family and friends.


George’s family would like to extend a huge Thank You to Tabitha Hospice for their excellent care.


George was preceded in death by his parents; wife; children, Cindy Young, Harold “Butch” Salmon, and Kimberly Stamper.



    Brenda McLaughlin

    Angel Young & Steph

    Brandy Salmon & Cameron

    John Stamper

    Robert Stamper & Danielle

    Justin Young & Britny

    Bradley McLaughlin & Kalena

    Angel Young, Jr

    Zoee Young

    Enya Young

    Kimmie Stamper

    Robert Stamper, Jr.

    Bailey Young

    Gabe Young

    Bentley Young

    Adaline Young

And many other relatives and friends

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Past Services

Book Signing

Thursday, May 11, 2023

9:00am - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center

1225 N. Elm Street, Hastings, NE 68901

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Graveside Service

Friday, May 12, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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