Roger Bruce Young II
August 30, 1958 - February 14, 2022
Roger was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was also a child of God, accepting Jesus Christ as his savior. He was a member of the Harvest Assembly of God church. He had a wonderful sense of humor and laughed often. He will be missed in this earthly place, but always fondly remembered.
He is survived by his wife Robin M. Young, daughter and son-in-law Kelli and Jonathan Haddox, grandchildren Allison and Nathaniel Haddox. Daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Marshall Lucas, daughter and son-in-law Corrine and Sam Wier. Stepson Jordan McKenzie, stepson and daughter-in-law Jared and Amanda McKenzie. Sisters Janet Parker, Martha Young, Kathleen Harms and nephew Patrick Parker.
Some of my favorite memories of my dad were when we would watch old black and white movies, eat cheese and crackers with smoked oysters. Our favorite movies were the Thin Man movies, My Man Godfrey, and Harvey.
Dad taught me a lot about music. I remember listening to The Eagles, getting cheese tater tots and rootbeer floats from Sonic, and talking.
My dad and I always had great conversations. We’d talk about all kinds of things, particularly literature. He got me my first set of classic literature paperbacks when I went to junior high. We broke down the symbolism in Dracula, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, The Picture of Dorian Gray and every Shakespeare play. When I was a sophomore in high school he gave me my first copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare. I wore the book out, but I kept the handwritten dedication, which I have framed on my desk. It reminds me of his dedication to learning that he fostered in me.
Dad was an avid history buff and helped me with many history papers and projects. He helped me study for and pass the AP History exam in my senior year of high school.
When he had a weekend free, he came to my marching band competitions or football games to watch me perform. Being a former band nerd himself, he was very supportive of my musical talent.
When I wanted to switch to journalism from the band, he didn’t miss a step and was content to listen to me ramble on about layouts and white space or the latest issue with funding or photo shoots.
Dad and I were both beer drinkers. He taught me to order on draft whenever possible, and how to enjoy the whole spectrum of beers and ciders. I remember when he was working at an urgent care in south okc, I stopped by on my way home from work to have a beer at the bar next door to his clinic.
It was at that bar where he offered me a room in his house to get me out of a bad relationship. My dad even ran the guy off when he tried to come back into my life. He helped me recover from that and gave me a safe place to get myself back together.
My favorite memory of my dad though was him walking me down the aisle when I got married. We did a first look picture, which is my favorite out of all the ones I took with him that day. When Dad walked me down the aisle, I was so excited I was practically skipping. He had to hold me back, while trying not to laugh, so that I didn’t just run the whole way. Having him there was so special to me and I treasure those memories.
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