Merritt Edson Youngdeer

Born: Sun., Jul. 11, 1965
Died: Thu., Jul. 10, 2014


6:00 PM Sun., Jul. 13, 2014
Location: Macedonia Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 14, 2014
Location: Macedonia Baptist Church

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Merritt "Bub" Youngdeer Jr., 48, passed from his earthly home at 56 Youngdeer Mountain Rd. in Cherokee, NC to his eternal home with the Lord on July 10, 2014.
Merritt was born on July 11, 1965 at the PHS Indian Hospital in Rosebud, SD to Merritt Youngdeer Sr. and Lulie (Wilson) Youngdeer.  He was an avid car buff and enjoyed buying and restoring vintage cars. He majored in Radio TV/Broadcasting at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He worked for Native America Calling, Cherokee Youth in Radio Programming and various Radio/TV stations in New Mexico, Oklahoma and North Carolina.
Merritt was a loving and caring person who had many friends and will be dearly missed, but for his brothers and sisters in Christ, we will see him again!
Merritt is also survived by his grandparents, Robert and Geneva Alene Youngdeer; 3 sisters, Connie Sue Maine of Aberdeen, SD, Lauren Leigh Armachain and husband Martin of Cherokee, NC and Audra Lynn Vogel and husband Chad of Aberdeen, SD; nephews, Orion Holmberg of Cherokee, NC and Zack Vogel of Aberdeen, SD; nieces, Taylor Maine, Peyton Maine and Ashley Vogel all of Aberdeen, SD; 2 aunts, Ruth Schaudroff of Gainesville, TX and Judith nelson of Lawton, OK and many cousins in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Dakota and Texas.
The family of Merritt, Jr. will receive friends at the Macedonia Baptist Church along Soco Rd. in Cherokee, NC from 6PM Sunday, July 13, 2014 until the hour of service on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11AM.  Pastor Dan Conseen will officiate the services.  An immediate burial will follow the service in the Youngdeer Cemetery off Goose Creek Rd. in Cherokee with the pall bearers being Orion Holmberg, Joe Martin, John R. Nelson, Mooser Lambert, Ernie Lambert and Jarrett Crowe.

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Sarah Margaret Sneed
   Posted Sat July 12, 2014
Merritt Jr. sold me my Mercedes hood ornament at a nominal price, was so enthusiastic about my acquisition of a 1976 Mercedes 240D, so knowledgeable and generous with his knowledge with me about my vintage Mercedes.

I regret my future conversations with Merritt will be delayed to the unknown, infinite future. Yet I am confident my spirit will have the opportunity to thank Merrit Jr.'s spirit for his generosity of spirit here on earth.

My comfort and condolences to all Merritt Jr.'s people, with deep respect to his parents and grandparents.

Our world and immediate community is always worse off with the loss of a generous spirit.

Our loss of Merrit Youngdeer, Jr. leaves us one compassionate citizen down.

Rest in Peace, Merritt.

Sarah M Sneed

pat Branch
   Posted Sun July 13, 2014
I was so sad to hear about Merritt. I worked with him at the radio station and always considered him a friend. He will be missed by all of his friends both in radio and television.

freddie & lisa youngdeer
   Posted Sun July 13, 2014
Sorry for your loss. We be praying for you.

Nicky Whelan
   Posted Sun July 13, 2014
I know your great family will miss you but I too miss you. After meeting in Albuquerque almost 20 years ago, and all the Herman Wrice Turn-around-Albuquerque anti-drug marches we went on together and the great phone interviews for your evening on-air segment, I love you and will miss you more than.

Love you Bud

Darcy Benson
   Posted Mon July 14, 2014
I knew Merritt at Portland State University when we both in the very small greek system there. He was fun loving and carefree. I was able to reconnect with him later on Facebook. He was so proud of his family and his heritage. I can scarcely believe he is gone. My deepest condolences to his beloved family.

Patrick James
   Posted Mon July 14, 2014

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by The James' Ardmore, OK.

So sorry for your loss, you and the family are in our Prayers. Love Patrick, Lynne and the boys, Marilyn, Glen and Mark and Family

Ruth Tonkin
   Posted Mon July 14, 2014
I met Merritt at a dark time in my life, he was so very kind and compassionate. He eased my pain and comforted my heart. Merritt was an inspiration to me, he gave me hope and renewed my joy for living.

Ruth Tonkin
1985 Buick Riviera

Dawn Allen Lawson
   Posted Tue July 15, 2014
I was lucky enough to work with Merritt at KOB in Albuquerque. We always had a great time and although we had not been in contact with each other for a number of years, we found each other again on Facebook a few years ago. It was always such a joy for me to sign onto Facebook and see a message from Merritt in my inbox. We had many a conversation, about the good old days in Albuquerque radio, and lots of other topics. I will miss him dearly. My deepest condolences to Merritt's family. I know you know as I do that we will see him again, and that this separation is only temporary. God Bless.

George Sheldon
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
Merritt Youngdeer and I were best friends and worked together as team traffic reporters for 5 years 2007-2013 @ WLOS TV Channel 13/Sinclair Broadcast Group in Asheville, North Carolina. He and I talked almost every night and my heart is heavy over his passing. My thoughts and prayers are out to the Youngdeer family. The last time I got to spend time with Merritt was May 10th 2014 @ Lake Julian Park and we talked and laughed and had lunch and that was two days before I left Western North Carolina to move back to my hometown state of Fort Lauderdale. From that point on we spoke on the phone on a regular basis. One thing I have learned living in the mountains for the last 17 years is always tell your friends, family, and loved ones I LOVE YOU! because we don't know what tomorrow brings. RIP MERRITT I'll see you again in Heaven.

Michelle (Knight) Wells
   Posted Thu July 17, 2014
So many memories of him come to mind. So many years of Laughs ,tears, Joy and pain. I have been in a sort of shock since hearing the news of Bubba's passing. since I was 8 years old he has been a part of my and my Family's life. God rest you now. I send my love to Merit ,Lulie, Connie, Lauren and Audra.

Until we meet again dear friend!

Michelle Wells

Terry Andersen
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
I am deeply saddened of the loss of my high school friend. We lost touch in our early 20's many years ago, only to be reunited again in friendship 20 years later. I was happy to rekindle our friendship and we became very close again. We talked on the phone for sometimes an hour at a time about every 2 weeks or so. I had just talked to him Monday night, July 7th with a wonderful conversation, only to get the dreaded call he passed only 3 days later. Wow. WHAT A SHOCK. I will miss our long conversations, and the laughter we shared so many miles apart. I am glad he was able to visit New Mexico in August for my birthday, or I wouldn't have seen him for more than a year. Goodbye my beautiful friend. I will miss you deeply

Joseph & Eugenia Reiking
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
Please accept our deepest and most sincere sympathy on the loss of Merritt. He was such a friendly and pleasant person. God rest his soul. It was such a tragedy that he was taken from us at such a young age.

Brenda Abeyta-Lial
   Posted Sun July 20, 2014
Good bye Merritt. How did you know that you would "die young"? You were who I was talking to when I got in trouble for being on the phone. Hours and hours we spent laughing, making fun of ourselves. Impromptu parody about uncomfortable subjects, people-watching, play on words and imagining what life would be like when it was ours to live.

Merritt and I would sing whenever we would be walking. This was a lot of the time, since we had no car (in the 9th grade). Somehow we childishly attributed this fact to "being poor", something neither of us understood. We joked about this with our group of friends at Eldorado HS and I still giggle every time I remember it and the irony.

Thank you, Youngdeer Clan for allowing me into your home on the very few occasions that I would be allowed to interact with my peers at that age. The love and support that you then had for one another is a memory that is clear today. Merritt excelled in life. He knew that high expectations were held for him by the people who loved and supported him the most. We encouraged each other, at that time in our lives, to try.

It may seem unexpected to those who love Merritt. that he died at such a young age. However, at 14 years old, Merritt somehow knew that his would not be a long life. I am thankful to have been a part of it.

Rest in peace, Merritt!


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