Thank you to all who attended the Celebration of Life for Willie J. Young, Sr. Please utilize the link below to access the event powerpoint. 

Celebration of Willie J. Young, Sr..pdf

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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Anita de Acosta
Willie was very kind, charming and welcoming. He was wonderful. He always helped people. It is a sad world without him. He was such an asset and a blessing. He is missed very much.
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.


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