Daniel S. Young

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 30, 2018

Daniel S. Young, age 62, of Escanaba passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 while working at his cottage in Stonington.

Dan was born October 19, 1955 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Edwin and Noreen (Gafney) Young. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Lou Nicholson on November 9, 1979. He was best known as the owner and operator of the Whiffletree clothing store in Escanaba.

Dan is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Escanaba; sons, EJ Garrett and Graham Porter Young of Escanaba, Jeff Carlson of Alaska, Brad Carlson of Maryland and Torrey Carlson of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Chris Young of Michigan and Andy Young of New York; sisters, Patty Stoner of Michigan, Penny Schrieber of Michigan, and Mary Beth Fileta of Maryland and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Derek Carlson, and his parents.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 2 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Close family and friends will Celebrate His Life at 5:00 PM at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow at 6:00 PM at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Dan will be laid to rest in the Lakeview Cemetery.

35 Tributes for “Daniel S. Young

    Bonnie and family. So sorry to hear of your loss of Dan (Donny). He will be missed by all. He always left me smiling when I talked to him. Sorry we can’t be at the service as we are out of town. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Steve (Goach) and Denise Gauthier

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I will miss his lively banter and his great ideas and his endless energy.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.


    My heart is broken for you. I am so sorry for your loss of Dan. I have always seen you as a power couple- one in life. It saddens me beyond words. You will be in my prayers.

    We are so sorry to hear of the sad news. We will all miss Dan and his smiling ways.
    You are in our prayers.

    patty and craig

    Bonnie..my heart aches for you and your family. You two represented happiness and love. I’m so sorry for your huge loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Bonnie and the children,

    I received the sad news just now. Sorry to hear about Dan. He was a great friend and left an everlasting impression. I will celebrate my memories of Dan and be thinking of his family.

    I am so sad for our community to lose a person like Dan – entrepreneur, actor, family man, and all round good guy. Our family will miss him personally. He was a smile carrier and sharer. He made a difference to us all. Bonnie, we are among the many who grieve with you and hope a loving community can ease the shock and pain.

    Our heart and thoughts go to you. Dan was a bright energy and good friend. Dan always had a smile and an ear when needed most.
    He was a unique breath of fresh air for all who knew him. Our prayers are with you.

    Bonnie and family,

    Dan was a Prince among men. His friendship and kindness to Peter is something I and my family always will treasure. I see them now laughing, telling stories and recalling the time they shared. My sympathy to everyone. Dan was a life well lived and we are greatful we had a portion of it. May you find peace in your memories and the love you shared.

    Judy Adamini

    Bonnie and family, my heart breaks for you all. The last time I spoke to Dan, and you, was at Menard’s–when he shared his census bathroom story! Had me in tears! I will miss running into him throughout town and his banter.

    Bonnie, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dan was one of the nicest guys ever. He will be missed!

    I’ll miss you Dan. Great memories of talking, solving the world’s problems, & working together at Mr. Ed’s and getting the Grotto North up & running. Condolences to Bonnie and the children. Bob Rusch

    Dear Bonnie and Family,

    Dan’s passing and his loss is shared and felt by many. God’s Peace.

    Karin Buckland Van Dyke

    So sorry for your loss. Dan was one of the good guys. Always glad to run into him. He will be greatly missed.

    Bonnie and family,

    With deep sadness my heart is aching for all of you. He was so generous with his personality, humor, kindness and most of all how much he loved you. I had the great honor of of seeing him not long ago when he delivered my clothes on one of his runs . We sat and laughed til I had tears. I also was in many, many plays and musicals from high school on up until adulthood. Actually, we never grew up. I also had the honor of being his sales agent when working for the Daily Press when The Whiffletree opened. He was one of the most creative people I’ve ever known and sensitive behind all his humor. As I’m writing this I can’t see through my tears. I could go on and on about what a wonderful man he was but it was you who changed his life. I remember and admired your LOVE you both had for one another. He always and I mean ALWAYS spoke of you were kids first falling in love. I’ve always loved you too! I’m sorry I won’t be able to atten d the service. I am lighting a candle as we speak. You both set a high example of what love should be. AMAZING. Take good care of yourself and your heart.
    Much love,
    Susie Coplan

    I worked for Dan at the Leader Store about 30 years ago and we were friends ever since. I just happened to see the announcement minutes ago. Im very sad to see the news. I am really happy I saw Dan at Mike Johnson’s funeral this year and we laughed at each other’s dry sense of humor like we didn’t miss a beat. Dan meant a lot to me, this is sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bonnie and the family. Dan, rest in peace, you’ll be missed!

    So very sorry to hear we have lost Dan. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie and the family. He was a good honest person. He had a generous heart and such a fantastic sense of humor. Definitely a bright spot for our community. God comfort you now and always Bonnie. You will be in my prayers!

    Dear Bonnie and family, Len and I are so sad to hear this sad news this morning. We loved Dan and all the laughs we had with him and will so miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Sue and Len

    Bonnie and family, Dan used to rent behind us years ago, and he was such a joy to have as a neighbor. He was always so cheerful and happy and a joy to talk with,whenever we would run into him in the later years downtown. Cherish you memories and know that he will always be watching over you…May God Bless you and your entire family during this difficult time….Our deepest sympathies to everyone.

    Aunt Bonnie and boys,
    My heart is with you all even though I can not be there. Uncle Dan was a truly wonderful man whom was loved by all. He will be greatly missed.
    We love you all,
    Kara and the Collier family

    Bon, I can only imagine the giant whole left in your heart left when Dan passed. I am so sorry. Having the fun, adventures and love you shared was truly a gift. I was out of town when you had Dan’s service. Please call me if you need something, even just a distraction. We OSF people have always rejoice in good times and supported each other in rough times.
    I will always cherish our time together, especially the 4th of July Dan’s big brown of popcorn!
    Love, Peggy

    Bonnie & Jeff:

    I only learned of Dan’s passing this weekend. I hope you know how much Dan’s friendship over the years has meant to our family, especially my late brother. He was loyal man and I will always think of him when I visit Escanaba – his loss leaves a vacuum in all of our lives and I wish you all the best in this difficult time.

    Bonnie & Family. My prayers go to you and your family at this time. Dan gave my my first job, I ever had at the Whiffletree in the summer of 1995 when I had to get fitted for a tux at the last minute. For the next 3-4 years I worked summers and weekends home from college. My father passed in 1994 and I would say that Dan filled a small role in teaching me work ethic, and “old school” business/customer service along with many more life lessons. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me and the lessons I learned from my time with him. He will be missed.

    Dear Bonnie,
    My heart goes out to you and your family. As others have said, Dan was special and the two of you were a very special couple. I always enjoyed bantering with Dan – oftentimes coming upon him in the most unusual places. Cherish your memories.

    Bonnie, so sorry to hear about Dan. You 2 made a great couple and your heart must be broken and aching for the love you 2 shared.You’ve always put a smile on my face after running into the both of you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.Peace be with you my friend. Sue Bowman

    Bonnie and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dan. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. He will be greatly missed, not only by the family, but the community as well.

    Just received the 6/2/18 Escanaba Daily Press today and was stunned to see Dan’s obituary. I am so sorry. My heart goes out to Bonnie and his family. I am glad I got to meet Dan and work a bit with him. He did so much to help our business. I hope he knew that. We were blessed. I have read through the many wonderful tributes to Dan. I , too, am saddened by his sudden and unexpected loss. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” You brought much joy and happiness into the lives of others.

    So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family for comfort and peace.

    Dear Bonnie and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family at this time, Bonnie. My mother (Olive Carlson), who is 98 now, is living near me (Jane, her daughter) outside of Boston. She gets the Esky Daily Press and so we both get to keep up on what is happening in Escanaba. This was where she found out and told me. Again, sorry to hear about Dan. We send our love. Olive Carlson and Jane Meyer

    Bonnie and family I am so sorry for your loss. Dan was truly a treasure. He will be missed by many!! Prayers and Hugs!!!

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