Local man remembered with new bench in Mt. Orab Park

The late John Harold Young II, passed away on April 7 this year, and although he has been  living in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee,  he had lived a good part of his life in Mt. Orab, and his wishes were to be brought back to Mt. Orab to be buried. He was the father of four children and only 47 years old when he died after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
His family wanted to do something special in his memory, so they decided to purchase a park bench for the Mt. Orab Park  in his honor, according to Mt. Orab Mayor, Bruce Lunsford, whose wife is a relative to Young.
“John’s mother, JoAnn (Whyte) Hildebrandt did her research and found a company called Leisure Craft, Inc., out of Hendersonville, NC that could make the specialized bench,” Lunsford said. “The bench weighs about 250 pounds and is set in concrete. A lot of John’s family members all pitched in to pay for the bench, the concrete slab and the shipping costs.”
The family had the bench painted purple, representing the color associated with pancreatic cancer. It reads… “In Loving Memory of Johnny Young.”
The bench was just set in place last week, next to the walking path that circles the park and is bolted into the concrete.
Johnny Young was a software developer for Quest Diagnostics.
“The bench was a wonderful way to memorialize my son,” Hildebrandt said. “The family all pitched in to help pay for it, and that was greatly appreciated. We feel like his memory will live on for many years and we are so pleased that so many people will see the bench and use it.”
“We hope other people will do the same thing for their loved ones,” Lunsford said. “The village is open to setting other benches in the park, but they will be held to very high guidelines and standards. We hope to have them all look similar and uniform.”
To learn more about the bench program at Mt. Orab Park, please contact the village at (937) 444-4141.