Gerald "Jerry" Fredrick Young quietly passed away on March 12, 2014. A longtime resident of Greene he was born January 10, 1924, the son of Mattie Gross Young and Perry Lynn Young. He is predeceased by his parents and his sister Genevieve. Jerry and his family lived in and ran the Young Tourist Home on South Chenango Street. Enterprising even in his youth he found many ways to reach his goals including harvesting horseradish from the banks of the Chenango River and selling it to buy his first trumpet. He played that trumpet throughout his youth - at the school, the local churches and within the community. In high school he was the recipient of the Jones Memorial Award in 1942 - an award for athleticism, leadership and scholarship. His name is displayed on a plaque in the GCHS South Canal Street gym. Immediately upon graduation Jerry enlisted in the Army Air Force. Trained as an aircraft engine mechanic, he was selected for Engineering School, spending two years at Ohio State University. There he was a member of the ROTC Drum and Bugle Corp performing at many football games. The advent of D-Day caused his class of engineering students to be pulled for infantry duty. Jerry was assigned to King Company of the 102 Infantry also known as "The Ozarks". He was sent to Cherbourg, France shortly after the European invasion began. Once there he was reassigned to driving duty in General Patton's Red Ball Express delivering munitions and supplies to the allies at the German front. Upon completion of that assignment Jerry returned to his outfit and was wounded - receiving his Purple Heart in Belgium just days before the Battle of the Bulge. After a period of recuperation in England - during which he borrowed a trumpet to play in a dance ensemble - he returned to the front to complete his service. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Jane N. Gray and raised 5 children while completing his BS in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earning his Professional Engineering license. Jerry worked for Raymond Corporation for several years before taking a position with Link Aviation, Inc. from which he retired. Jerry's hobbies included Radio Controlled Airplanes, music and practical jokes. He played his upright and electric bass with the Greene Lites for many years. He could also be found at his beloved Lake Ludlow. Jerry was predeceased by his second wife, Emma Bickle Kennedy and is survived by his 5 children, Karen(Richard) Cyr, David(Diane), Lynn(Ranal), Barbara(Robert)Vosburg and Martha(James)Hall, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A private memorial observance will be held at a later time. Internment will be in Sylvan Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Zion Episcopal Church, 10 North Chenango Street, Greene, NY 13778, Hospice or another charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under direction of Root Funeral Home, 23 N. Chenango Street, Greene, New York 13778 and condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.