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July 5, 1924 - July 24, 2020

LaVonne Winnefred Young, age 96, of Waukon, IA died Friday, July 24, 2020, at the Northgate Care Center in Waukon, Iowa.
LaVonne was born July 5, 1924 in Fremont Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Entsminger) Safford.  She was baptized at about age 13 in the Mississippi River near Guttenberg, Iowa, and confirmed at St. John’s  Lutheran Church in Locust. She attended rural schools and then the Decorah High School.

On February 14, 1942 she married Jesse Young at the Lutheran Parsonage in Cresco, Iowa.  Together they raised their four children, Robert, Emma, Phillip and Willet on the family farm.

LaVonne worked alongside her husband milking cows, doing chicken chores, driving horses and tractor when needed, and raised a large garden, much of which was canned to feed the family.  She was a very patient and loving person. She was a good seamstress making clothes and quilts, and many other things for her family and church bazaars, and was an excellent baker.
            LaVonne is survived by her daughter-in-law Sandy (Vern Gavle), (previously married to Robert) of Decorah;  her daughter, Emma Thompson (Bud Gavle), (previously married to Frederick) of Decorah;  her sons, Phillip (Sheryl) of Waukon; and Willet (Rhonda) of Decorah;  twelve grandchildren; Bobbie Kay (Jeff Brink) of Waukon; Ronald Young of Ossian; Nancy (Aaron) Gipp of Decorah;  Kathryn Thompson (Kevin Peterson) of Houston, MN.; Maynard (Rhonda) Thompson of Cresco, IA., Brandon (Erika) Young of Denver, CO.; Blair Young of Los Angeles, CA.; Brea Young (Alex Longuefosse) of Tampa, FL.;  Shannon Young (Daniel Fullhart); Jordan (Hannah) Young; Justin Young; and Ryan Young (Lexy)  all of Decorah, IA.

Twenty great-grandchildren; Robert (Taji) and Jesse Anderson;  Joseph, Victoria and Cassidy Young; Isabella Gipp; Justin and Michael Bigler; Bryer, Trystin, Brayden and Brenden Thompson; Alexus and Jayda Romero; Alex Longuefosse Jr.; Rowan Young; Colton, Kinley, and Weston Young; and  Adrian Young; and one great-great grandchild Maverick Bigler.

            LaVonne was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Jesse; her parents, Joseph and Mary;  son, Robert Young;  a brother, Charles; sister-in-law Imogene; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Evelyn (Walter Quandahl);  son-in-law, Frederick Thompson, Sr.;  grandson,  Frederick Thompson Jr.; and great grandson, Thomas Young; and two nieces, Carmelita (Allen) Deters and Helen (Jerry) McCormick. 

            Private graveside services will be held in the Locust Cemetery.

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