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Debra K. (McClure) Young

November 28, 1954 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Debra Young Obituary

Debra K. (McClure) Young “Debbie”, 69, of Leavenworth, Indiana passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Indiana on January 5, 2024, after a long battle with COPD.

 

Debbie was born on November 28, 1954 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Leroy K. Rippy and Patricia J. “Pat” (Bailey) McClure, then she was adopted and raised by her mom and the late Kenneth L. “Ken” McClure I.

 

Debbie is a retired Law Enforcement Officer, putting in almost 30 years as a Police Office.  Debbie served as the first female Police Officer in Crawford County, Indiana.  Debbie joined the Law Enforcement family in 1987, working as the Leavenworth Town Marshal.  She was very proud to achieve her goal and complete the Police Academy.  She expanded her career in 1995, where she was hired as a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy under Pete Eastridge.  By the end of her career she had experienced many different cases and worked hard to protect the community.  She earned the title, “Lieutenant”.  She worked as an investigator for the Comfort House and the Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition (SWICCAC) that provided child advocacy services in 2009.  Debbie was known for volunteering her time to help others when needed, and working with other agencies to solve cases, often working late nights and 24 hour shifts.  She also served as event security for the Crawford County High School Athletic Dept.  In her early years, Debbie and her husband Tom owned and managed a security company.  She then ventured into the food industry, cooking at The Greasy Spoon in Corydon, Delta Restaurant, Todd-Dickey Nursing Home, and the Overlook Restaurant.

 

Debbie was the monarch of her family.  She enjoyed spending time with her late husband, her children and most of all her grandchildren.  She was a 3 time cancer survivor.  In her retirement years she became the crazy lady and loved her cat companions:  Houdini, that was affectionally known an “Who”, Tigger and Smokey.  She was an avid treasure hunter and loved shopping thrift stores and going to yard sales.  Debbie was a jack of all trades, and wore many hats.  She could do just about anything she set her mind to do.  From making Halloween costumes, kids clothes on the sewing machine, hand sewing doll clothes, making cakes or cooking a meal for an entire army.  She was famous for her chicken and dumplings.  She won many awards for homemade floats she helped create and enter in the Harvest Homecoming Parade over the years.  She was very crafty, smart and imaginative.  She collected Red Birds, Hummels, tiny kids dishes and Rooster figurines.  She poured her time and love into her family and helping others.  She always treated others with respect, regardless of what the situation was.  Debbie was one of a kind, and the strongest woman her family knew.  She had a heart of gold.  She will be sadly missed by everyone.

 

She was proceeded in death by her parents; her step mom Carol F. Rippy; her loving husband of 50 years, Larry T. “Tom” Young Sr.; her beloved son Larry T. Young Jr.; her brother Kenneth “Kenny” L. McClure II; her sister Myra L. (Rippy) Medeiros; and her brother in arms and best friends, Officers Rick McGill and Charlie McDaniel.

 

She is survived by her children:  sons:  Jason F. Young (Brandy), Ray Allen and Danny Allen, all of Leavenworth and Jimmy Allen (Mary) of Marengo; daughters Stacey J. Lahue (Carl) of Leavenworth and Kimberly L. Kraft (Justin) of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Garland G. McClure of New Baden, Illinois, James C. McClure (Vicki) of New Albany, Indiana, Mike Rippy (Tammy) of Pekin, Indiana; and a sister, Patricia J. “Trish” Dunn (Brian) of Depauw, Indiana; her grandchildren:  Tyler J. Young (Taylor), Destiny A. Young (Miguel), Chantel D. Lahue (Blaze), Andrew T. “Drew” Young, Elisa M. Young, Kayleigh A. Kraft, and Thomas D. Kraft; her great-grandchildren:  Teegan A. Young, Trinity A. Young, and Thomas L. “Tommy” Young; her beloved estranged first grandchild, Cheyenne EK (Lahue) Dearborn and a first great-grandson, Drake L. Dearborn; and many bonus family that claimed her as Mom, Nana, Aunt, Grandma, Sister or Friend.

 

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Milltown, Indiana.  Interment will follow in the Fredonia Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from 4-8 p.m. and after 9:00 a.m. until time of the service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, all at the funeral home.

 

Bro. Bruce Hawkins will officiate the service.

 

Pallbearers will be Andy Beals, William Breeding, Roger Goldman, Craig Starr, Dennis Talley, Darrell Terrell, and Jason Young.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the funeral home, In memory of Debbie, to help defray the cost of the funeral expenses.

 

Brown Funeral Home in Milltown, Indiana is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Visitation
Tuesday
January 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home
306 Spring St.
Milltown, IN 47145

Visitation
Wednesday
January 10, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Brown Funeral Home
306 Spring St.
Milltown, IN 47145

Funeral Service
Wednesday
January 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Brown Funeral Home
306 Spring St.
Milltown, IN 47145

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