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Robert Youngblood

Posted By obits On June 28, 2015 @ 12:49 pm In Elizabeth City,Obituaries | 10 Comments

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Robert “Jack” Scott Youngblood, age 90, of Elizabeth City died peacefully at his home on June 28, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born in 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, to Marie Scott and William O. Youngblood and grew up in Michigan. He worked for several engineering firms in Virginia and also worked for the Boeing Aircraft Corporation in the ’50’s and ‘60’s in Seattle, WA and Washington, D.C. During his time with Boeing, Jack had the honor of working on the Apollo Tie Project from 1966-1969. He also proudly served in the US Merchant Marines, the US Navy, the US Naval Air Reserve and the US Army National Guard and was in World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict.

Jack led a rich, full life and was a captivating storyteller who liked nothing better than to spin tales of his many adventures both at home and abroad. He loved traveling, sports, reading, history, politics and playing his harmonica, especially for his grandchildren. He was quick to debate and loved the challenge this often brought. Most of all, he loved his home and gardens, his family and friends and the life he and Pat created together.

Jack leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Patricia Youngblood, his sister Jean Youngblood Hutchens (husband Tommy), his half-sisters Grace and Barbara Youngblood, his children Jaki Kennedy (husband Bobby), Viki Shafer (husband Kevin), Valerie Golden (husband Jim), Lee Kepler (wife Emily) and Russel Kepler (wife Heather). He also leaves grandchildren including Megan Dyar Bethel (husband Greg), Lauren Dyar, Ryan Golden, Lauren Golden, Kade Kepler, Reese Kepler, grandchild-to-be Annalise Kepler, one great grandson Trenton Elliott and his very best forever friends Cal and Joyce Sanders. He was predeceased in death by his sister Laeta Youngblood Evans, his brother William W. Youngblood and his “Grandpa Scott”, who was his very wise teacher and “role model for life”.

We would like to thank family, friends, care givers and Albemarle Hospice for their support and compassionate end of life care.

No services will be held, but family will receive friends at Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City, NC on Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at other times at the residence. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jacks memory may be made to Albemarle Hopeline, P.O. Box 2064, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. The Youngblood family is served by Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC.

Online memorial condolences may be expressed to the family at https://www.twifordfh.com

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Condolence from Sarah Lane on June 28th, 2015 9:58 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you and all the family.

Condolence from karen jackson on June 28th, 2015 10:23 pm

Mrs.Pat

Know you are in thoughts .Condolences

Condolence from Jim Golden on June 29th, 2015 10:02 am

I feel like a huge limb has fallen from my family tree this morning.

With sadness and heartache I find myself in reflection, and join with the other members of my family today in profound sorrow, as we echo each in our own way the loss of Grampie.

I keep hearing his voice in my head saying “don’t make a big fuss, don’t be sad and don’t grieve for me”.

Grampie and I were not blood relatives. He did not have to take me into his heart, be my mentor or my friend but he stepped forward and filled each of these roles without hesitation. I will always be profoundly grateful for the foundational part he played in the lives of my children and the care and love he showered on both of them. A mortal debt I may never be able to fully repay.

I clearly remember when my son was born and the feelings and insecurities I felt in being a first time parent. There are no owner’s manual when you become a dad, and I had no one to help me with my early emotional conflicts as I found I was constantly second guessing myself. Grampie told me simply to trust my instincts and just be the best dad I could be, and believe everything else would work itself out. This sage advice came to me just in the nick of time.

The last time I saw Grampie was after a family wedding and as we said our goodbyes. He extended his hand to me because he knew, as a northerner; I was not programmed to be a “hugger”. I told him that a handshake wouldn’t do and we hugged goodbye. He whispered to me “I’m glad Jim”.

While he was know by many as Robert “Jack” Youngblood, he will be forever known to us honored few as Grampie.

I pledge today not to languish in sorrow but to remember the good times, the laughter and the stories and the long life that he lived. How truly blessed we were to have him be part of our lives for so long, and to continue the heritage and traditions we shared no matter how small.

Goodbye Grampie, I am forever grateful for your love and all that you taught me, mostly by just being you.

We all love you so much!

My faith tells me that we will meet again one day, until that day comes…. I remain.

Your Son In-law Jim…….

Condolence from Karen Sawyer on June 29th, 2015 3:43 pm

Ms. Pat and family,

With a heavy heart I just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved Mr. Jack, he was such a sweetheart. Mr. Jack will be greatly missed. You may not think so now but I promise that in time it will get easier and you will be able to handle the pain. Love you Ms. Pat, I am just a phone call away.

Karen

Condolence from kent hill on June 29th, 2015 5:28 pm

mrs youngblood, i am so sorry for your loss and i am praying for you. mr youngblood was always so wonderful to deal with

Condolence from Cindy Scott – ( The Outer Banks Heart Center)) on June 29th, 2015 9:14 pm

So sorry to hear about Mr. Jack. We all enjoyed talking to him when he would come in the office. I always loved to hear him talk about his adventures looking for bears on his way to our office. He sure had a great life and he truly loved his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Condolence from Lauren Dyar on June 30th, 2015 2:08 pm

My grandfather was the only man in my life who never let me down, he was my favorite member of my family and nothing will be the same without him. I’ll miss you always, Grampie, and think of you often.

Condolence from Tink Davenport on June 30th, 2015 3:03 pm

Pat,
No words can express what you’re going thru. But I am sending my love to you.

Condolence from Megan on July 2nd, 2015 7:08 pm

My world is a much less interesting place without my Grampie at the other end of the phone, ‘just cuz’. He was the first man to tell me he loved me and actually mean it. He made me laugh, cry and realize that I would someday miss the opportunity to hear a never ending story whenever I went into his study. I’ll take your memory with me and let your stores keep me company while the itchy feet you gave me find their way along my path.

OkILoveYou, g’nite.

Condolence from Cary Meicho on July 3rd, 2015 4:56 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of Uncle Jack. My prayers are with the family and know that he is now at peace. I believe one day you will see each other again. My love to you all.

Cary, Sara and Zach

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