Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Mount Muncie caretaker retires

May 5, 2005

The longtime manager of Mount Muncie Cemetery Association retired after 40 years.

Victor Young began his career in cemeteries digging graves with a backhoe 50 years ago.

Young said he retired to spend more time with his family of seven children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

"Plus, I'm just getting old," Young said.

Young said he'd miss most "just going to work and helping people."

"You deal with people at a really difficult time in their lives, and it's gratifying to help them as much as you can," he said.

In his half-century career in cemeteries, Young said he's seen some changes.

"We don't bury the babies we used to," he said.

He also said many more people choose cremation these days, which he ascribed to its lower cost. In addition, Young said the cemetery's records are now computerized, which has made genealogical research easier.

Young was succeeded in his position by Gene Kirby, Mount Muncie assistant manager and vice president of the Kansas Cemetery Association.

Mount Muncie's new manager praised his former boss.

"Even though I've been in this business a long time, I learned a lot from him. Both he and his wife gave a lot to the company," Kirby said.

Young won't be entirely absent from the association: he accepted an appointment as the newest member of Mount Muncie's board of directors.


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