Bill Howes, Associate Editor
When it comes to volunteering, Dick and Lucille Young give new meaning to the word dedicated. The couple volunteers at Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chartion and they are tireless in their dedication and all the help they give to residents and staff at Legacy Lodge. The benefit Luncheon for Legacy Lodge was held at Carpenter's Hall Wednesday, April 2, and the Young's and other voulnteers were present at the luncheon.The Young's go out and prepare lunch at Legacy Lodge on Thursdays and other times as needed. After they prepare lunch, they take it to the residents' rooms or the dining area, whichever they need. After preparing the meals they clean up and the kitchen is spotless when they're done.
"They're the most dedicated couple. They are there in that kitchen every Thursday no matter what. Often Lucille makes her own homemade noodles and brings them out to the Lodge for the residents. They just love them. Dick and Lucille give so much of themselves. I call them my two angels," Legacy Lodge Campaign Director Linda Braida said.
Dick also visits with the men residents at Legacy Lodge to help them pass the time away. "It's nice for them to have a man to talk to about farming and other subjects.
The Young's have volunteered at Legacy Lodge for three years. Dick also does odd jobs there and has done some painting. He painted the garage floor of the Lodge. When Legacy Lodge opened, Dick went out there and painted and hung pictures and helped out where needed.
"Anything we need that pertains to odd jobs, Dick can do. He's a jack-of-all-trades. He's so willing to help out with things," Braida said.
The Young's explained why they liked volunteering at Legacy Lodge. "We like helping to support the actual employees and help relieve them of the duties of meal time. Both patients and staff are very appreciative of us being there to help them," they said.
The Young's will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 16th. They owned and ran Young's Inc., a Hallmark shop on the southwest corner of the square for many years. They sold greeting cards along with home decorating items, paint and wallpaper. Connie and Eldon Head later ran the store.