Wilber C. Young, a longtime Angola resident and decorated World War II veteran, died Monday in Autumnview Manor, Town of Hamburg, after a long illness. He was 82.
Mr. Young was born in Eden and attended local public schools.
He served in the Army during World War II as a member of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division and was decorated for his performance in combat.
While fighting in New Guinea and Santa Maria, Luzon, in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Young received several medals -- including two Purple Hearts with gold leaf clusters for injuries suffered in December 1944 and March 1945.
After the war, Mr. Young worked for Lake Shore Central Schools as a custodian.
He also met and married Phyllis Garlock of Angola, to whom he was married for more than 50 years. She died in 1999.
Mr. Young took a position with the U.S. Postal Service in the late 1950s and worked as a letter carrier out of the Angola Post Office for more than 25 years. He retired in the early 1980s.
He was a member of the Rural Carriers Association; Post 5798, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Evans; Newcomb-Long Post 928, American Legion, Angola; and the Evans Center Volunteer Fire Department.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife in their recreational vehicle to Texas, Florida and the West Coast.
Survivors include a daughter, Margene Marvin of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a son, Keith of Angola; a brother, Raymond of Angola; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery, Angola.