Remembering Willie Young, Sr.

Willie Young, Sr. was a Buckeye legend, a trusted friend, advisor to many and an advocate for all Ohio State students. Having been with the university since 1990, Willie leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.

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Maddie Carson
Nicknamed by Willie as: A.D.
Met Willie from being a representative on the University District Safety Committee that he chaired. One of my favorite memories will be when I first got to see his office for a meeting to discuss an event idea together. We got side tracked by all the amazing things he kept in the “museum” and the stories behind them. During the summer of 2020, Willie, a few other students, and myself would have a phone call every Friday afternoon to ensure we would all end the week on a “high note.”
Roxanne Dye
I've know Willie Sr. since I was a kid. My Mom, his wife & he were great friends. As a kid & in adulthood, Willie was always in the right place & at the right time when you needed him. The winning smile flashing letting you know all will be just fine (even if the outcome wasn't to your personal satisfaction LOL ??). Memories are cherished.
Rich Walker
Nicknamed by Willie as: The Sniper
While Willie and I went to BG together, we had many memories after u of Iowa at OSU basketball games. We enjoyed catching with each other but mostly our classmates. Willie had an unbelievable ability to keep up, and network with all of us. Which of course made him Mr BGSU. Willie was as remarkable, amazing, caring person as I’ve met. I’m grateful have had him in my life!
Amy Jennings
I will remember Willie Young, Sr., called 'Senior' by those if us close to his wife, Pam, as one who loved well. He gave of himself, and because of this we all felt comfortable being ourselves. I remember when Willie met with my daughter to consider her off-campus housing situation, but I think he really knew that she needed caring for, and he treated her as he would his own child. His Pam and Willie Jr. knew he loved them, and that made all the difference. As a good friend to Pam, I am grateful for her, and so also grateful for Senior. Strength of heart is needed in this world and that is what's so apparent in this man's legacy.
Peter Larsen
Willie and I worked together at Mansfield State for 2 years as residence hall directors...he was way more than a great colleague, as the 2 single men on the staff at that time we spent a lot of time together...speaking of his corvette I often worked on it for him as I was a car person and Willie not so much...oh how he loved that car...but as a city kid the fascination he had with the very rural lifestyles of Northern mountain region of PA was fun to watch...he would remark as some of us went deer hunting--"are you going to catch a deer?" and of course we explained NO Willie..we don't catch them..we KILL them" God rest your soul..you were a good man and a very good friend for the time we spent topgether

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For more information about how we are honoring Willie Young, Sr.'s legacy, please visit go.osu.edu/rememberingwillieyoungsr