Edward Riton Younglove, 88, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away Dec. 6, 2012, at Fulton Center, where he had resided since Nov. 20th. He was born Oct. 29, 1924, in Gloversville, N.Y., the son of the former N.Y. State Assemblyman Joseph R. and Lelah Oaksford Younglove.
He graduated from Johnstown High School, where he was the valedictorian of the class of 1942. He attended Union College for one year before entering service. He graduated with honors from the N.Y. State Maritime Academy in 1945 and was assigned to sea duty with the U.S. Naval Reserve. Edward served as navigation officer aboard the USS Marias, a fleet oiler, during her service in the Far East and the Persian Gulf. He attained the rank of LT (jg) and also received his license as second mate. Upon his release from active duty in 1946, he returned to Union College. During the summer of 1947, he sailed as third mate on the SS Samoset, a Socony-Vacuum tanker. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in physics.
On Nov. 12, 1949, he married the former Betty Jean Lesser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merton J. Lesser. The wedding was performed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Wilmer Zeulke. He worked at the former Mica Insulator Co. in Schenectady before transferring to the Sprague Electric Co. in N. Adams, Mass., where he headed the Fabmika Division, specializing in mica and mica paper capacitors, energy storage devices. While at Sprague, he became active in community affairs and headed The Sprague-North Adams Transcript Santa Fund for several years. He was also active in politics, working to elect several candidates to state office. He taught, for many years, in the Sprague-Franklin Institute, a corporate school for employees to upgrade their skills. He was an officer in the Sprague Management Club for many years. He received his Med. Degree from North Adams State Teachers College in 1967. After 24 years at Sprague, he moved to Custom Electronics in Oneonta, N.Y., as quality control manager. He retired in 1985 and returned to Johnstown, where he resided at Trackside Homes.
Edward was interested in the genealogy of the Younglove family, having descended from Samuel Younglove, who came to Ipswich, MA, in 1635. He was able to trace his ancestry back before the year 500 AD. He was able to put together a written history of the Younglove family in the American Revolution. He enjoyed golfing, skiing and, above all, his summers at Canada Lake. He was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of the Johnstown Cemetery Assoc.
Mr. Younglove is survived by his wife, Betty L. Younglove of Johnstown; a son, Henry J. Younglove, and a daughter, Suzette Y. (Walter) Clark, both of Derry, N.H.; and two granddaughters, Jennifer L. Clark and Christina A. Clark.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation will take place at Vale Crematory, Schenectady, N.Y. Arrangements are by the Ehle Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to The Fulton Center or the American Cancer Society.