He was born April 8, 1916, at Niobrara, Neb., to Clayborn and Katherina (Cerny) Youel. He grew up in Niobrara and graduated from high school there.
In 1941, he came to Parsons and attended Parsons Business College. On Oct. 3, 1942, he married Mintie Ann Beasley at First Presbyterian Church in Parsons. Mrs. Youel preceded him in death on Sept. 17, 2004.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Parsons and served with the Parsons Police Department for 25 years, retiring as detective for the department. Later, he was employed several years at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. He was a member and past master of Parsons Lodge No. 117, A.F. & A.M., a member of the Fort Scott Consistory, the York Rite bodies, the Mirza Shrine and the Order of Eastern Star. He also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include a son, James C. Youel and his wife, Ruby, of Wichita; a grandson, Lloyd G. Youel and his wife, Tandy, of Haysville; a granddaughter, Jennifer Jablonsky and her husband, Rick, of Parachute, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren, Amanda and Kali Jablonsky and Robert and Amy Youel.
Two brothers preceded him in death.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials are suggested to either First Presbyterian Church of Parsons or the Shriner's Crippled Children's Fund and may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, 67357.