Union Pacific Corporation Chairman James R. Young died Saturday at his Omaha home after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61 years old.
The family will receive friends on February 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the West Center Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on February 21 at Westside Church, 15050 West Dodge Road. A private interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation, Jim Young Pancreatic Cancer Research Memorial Fund.
Young began his railroad career with Union Pacific in 1978 after graduating from UNO and held a variety of management positions.
"Jim was an icon at Union Pacific and in the railroad industry, a colleague and great friend," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific president and CEO. "Jim's vision and leadership took Union Pacific to unparalleled heights and his civic contributions made positive impacts on many communities across Nebraska and the entire Union Pacific system. Most importantly, he was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed."
Young is survived by his wife Shirley, three children and two grandchildren.