Funeral services set for Union Pacific executive James R. Young

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 am

Funeral services for James R. Young, the Union Pacific Corp. executive who died Saturday, will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Westside Church, 15050 West Dodge Road.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler, 7805 West Center Road. A private burial is planned at Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Young led Omaha-based Union Pacific, the nation’s largest railroad and one of the city’s largest employers, as chief executive during the first decade of the 21st century, when sales, profits and capital investment soared. Omaha native Young, 61, died about two years after taking leave for treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Young is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Sarah Wagstaff; sons Jim Young Jr. and Matthew Young; brothers Ron, Don and Rick Young; a sister, Debbie Young; and two grandchildren.

The family has requested that contributions be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Jim Young Pancreatic Cancer Research Memorial Fund.

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