Hilary John Youngpeter
1924 - 2019
Hilary John Youngpeter passed away on Veterans day, November 11, 2019, wearing his hat that announced to the world that he was a proud WWII veteran. Hilary was born on January 22, 1924 in Landek, Ohio to Thomas Hubert and Frances Mary (Lucius) Youngpeter. He married Marilyn Irene Fox in Lima, Ohio on April 7, 1951, and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2014. He had four siblings who passed before him: Howard (Ruth), Wilfred (Marie), Anthony (Ruth), and Mary Ann (Robert) Huysman. Hilary is survived by his children: Steven of Findlay, Bill (Jill) of West Salem, OH, Donald (Kathy) of Hamilton, OH, and Beth (Chuck) Crusa of Findlay. Hilary and Marilyns daughter, Julia Anne, preceded them in death. He was blessed to have 8 grandchildren: Gregory Youngpeter, Jill (Nick) Lotz, Patrick (Charlie) Youngpeter, Ashley Crusa, Christopher (Kathy) Youngpeter, Kevin Youngpeter, Toni Vorhees, and Madilyn Youngpeter. Hilarys great-grandchildren are: Chloe, Charlotte, McKenna, Gunner, Greysen, Chase, Hogan, Natalia, Cayden, and Emilynn. He also has countless nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews who loved to hear stories from him or stories about him. Hilarys orneriness had quite the reputation, both within his family and the community. Hilary loved to tell the story about the day he was born and how much snow fell that day. His dad had to meet the doctor halfway to their home as the snow was too deep for the horse and carriage to make it the entire way. He grew up on an unmechanized farm and used his strength to his advantage when he worked at his first job in Lima, Ohio, as a manual armature winder. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp and his active service began on November 10, 1943. During his time in the service, PFC Hilary was stationed in the British Isles, France, Belgium, and Germany. He was primarily a guard, but with a shooting skill he honed as a boy on the farm, he was assigned to dangerous situations and qualified for combat pay. He qualified as an Expert Marksman with a carbine rifle and sharp shooter with the Thompson (Tommy Gun) sub-machine gun. He was noted in the military for his shooting skill, as he learned how to shoot in low light without his rifle sights. He was able to qualify as a marksman in the military, on a dare with his sergeant that he could shoot with his sights covered with tape. He was then used to train 640 airmen who had failed their first pass at target practice. Hilary was presented with a medal and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Ohio Congressman Michael Oxley for his military service during the Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France. He also received a special commendation from Jean-Pierre Masseret, a member of the Senate of France and Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs, thanking him for his military service. When Hilary returned from WWII, he took a job with the Junior Chamber (Jaycees) in Lima. He met his future wife, Marilyn, when he had the good fortune to walk into the First National Bank of Lima, where she worked. He often bragged that Marilyn proposed to him and not the other way around. Hilary eventually took a job in Findlay with the Ohio Oil Company. Hilary was employed as the business machine buyer with what soon became Marathon Oil Company, until his retirement in 1981. One of his fondest memories at Marathon was when he was asked to train a young man by the name of Gary Heminger. He would beam with pride whenever Gray told others that Hilary gave him many words of wisdom at the start of his career. Hilary was a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a regular euchre player at both the AMVETS Post 21 and 50 North. Hilary taught himself the art of stained glass, and the pieces that he created are treasured by his family. When his friends and family do gather to honor and memorialize him, we will cry because our hearts are broken but also laugh until we cry when telling stories of his antics. Funeral services for Hilary will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.coldrencrates.com.
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My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. I’m sure everyone will miss him dearly.