In loving memory of

Delbert Van Young
October 7, 1960 - July 11, 2020

At the age of 59, Delbert Van Young, peacefully passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 5:35 am at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church, 2400 Mortensen Rd., #103, Ames, IA. With a private family burial at a later date.

Delbert was born on October 7, 1960 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Lexington Elementary and completed his K-12 education at the Martin Luther King High School. After graduation, Delbert's love for cooking allowed him to become a prep-cook at a senior care facility until he relocated to Ames, Iowa in November 2001. For several years Delbert was a familiar face at Hilton Coliseum as he verified tickets for the ISU Women's Basketball home games.

When you think of Delbert, remember that he was a faithful follower of Jesus, loved his family unconditionally and relied on his Friendship church family to provide his need for a loving, committed Christian community. Remember his smile and gentle spirit as he awaits our reunion in his St. Louis Cardinal's outfit and red Nike tennis shoes.

Welcoming him with open arms are: His parents (William and Virginia Young of St. Louis), an older brother (George Ralph of Chicago) and an older sister (Juanita Sandra of Ames).

Left to cherish Delbert's memories are sister, Edna Young (Wayne) Clinton of Ames, IA, his nephews and niece, Antwan (Tawana) of Jessup, Maryland, Danielle Clinton of St. Louis, Missouri and Aaron (Jessie) of Ames, Iowa; several uncles, aunts, great and great-great nephews and nieces, a host of family members, his church family and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care to be forwarded to Delbert's family.

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Selina Branyord wrote on Jul 17, 2020:

"My dearest friend Delbert I am so sorry. Your smile was contagious your amazing laughs that shook your whole body when u got to laughing so hard!! Forever gonna miss u!! "

Tracey Stoll wrote on Jul 16, 2020:

"My dear friends, my heart goes out to you during this time of loss and sadness. Edna, I know how caring and loving you have been to Delbert, and I believe that he will welcome you with open arms when God calls you. My prayers are that God will bless and keep your family in healing hands. Please let me know if there is ANYTHING I can do to support you. I?m just across the street, so I can be there in a heartbeat. God bless you and Wayne and your family. ??XO - Tracey Stoll"

Larry L McHone wrote on Jul 15, 2020:

"The many years I worked the Iowa State men and esp the Women's Games, I can always remember the big Smile I would always greet me when I came into the door. Delbert Please RIP and God will be there to meet you, and those that went before you. Larry L McHone"