Charles Michael Packard Young was born on January 20, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec, the second child and eldest son of Gordon and Phyllis Young. He passed away on May 14, 2005.
Along with his brother and three sisters, Michael grew up in Montreal and attended boarding school where his athletic skills were known to outshine his academic skills. He loved life in the fast lane and from a young age was always known to be the life of the party.
As a young man, while on the beach along the east coast of the United States, he met a young girl who told him about Jesus. Mike accepted Christ as his Saviour shortly afterward at the age of 21 and his life was radically changed forever. From that day in 1971 until May 14 2005, Mike Young was a devoted, whole-hearted and enthusiastic servant of Jesus Christ.
From 1973-1976, he attended Nipawin Bible Institute and was mentored in his Christian life by Rev. Jacob Wiebe. It was at NBI that he met his future bride, Shirley Anderson whom he married on February 12, 1977.
Mike and Shirley have two beautiful daughters who have always been the apple of Mike’s eye. Carolee was born in 1978 just before the little family moved to Vermilion Bay and four years later; Johanna arrived in Altona in 1982.
Shirley and Michael spent their entire married lives together in ministry to others. As a pastor, he touched the life of every person he knew in a memorable way. Mike pastored at Cariboo Bethel from 1993 to 2002, preaching the gospel in cowboy attire at the Williams Lake Stampede, winning tennis and weight lifting championships while being active in various community events. He was a servant ready to do whatever needed to be done to advance the gospel. We will always remember his competitive nature, his outgoing personality and all those cups of coffee at Tim Horton’s. But most of all, we will remember his passion to know Christ better and make him known to others.
Michael is survived by Shirley, his wife of 28 years, his daughters Carolee and Johanna and their husbands Luke Stevenson and Ryan Rudichuk, grandson Ethan Stevenson and twin granddaughters expected by Luke and Carolee in July, brother Brian, sisters Sharon, Shelagh and Sue and half-sister Valerie in addition to many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
We grieve over his loss but he rejoices today in the presence of the Lord.
There will be a Memorial Service on June 3 2005 at 2 p.m. at Cariboo Bethel Church.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Team 2000 – Thailand Missions, through Cariboo Bethel Church.