The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, February 22, 1906
After months of suffering from asthmatic, heart and dropsical trouble, JOSEPH D. YOUTSEY died at his home in Russell at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 1906. The funeral services were held in the Christian Church at that place, on Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, many paying their respects to the departed by their presence.
MR. YOUTSEY was one of the pioneer residents of Lucas County and settled in Lincoln Township in 1854, continuing to reside on the farm until a few years since when the family secured residence property and moved to Russell, his wife later meeting with an accident which caused her death. Since that time he and two daughters have resided together.
A few weeks since, the writer called at his home and in speaking of his family and personal career, he mentioned that he was the only surviving member of a family of twelve children and that his birthplace was at Frankfort, Kentucky, he first beholding the light of day on June 3, 1822. Following the pioneer course of the times the family drifted to Indiana where later, on June 8, 1846, he was joined in wedlock to MISS DEBORAH COVERT. In 1854 they together came to Iowa and theirs is but the history of many other pioneer families who braved the western wilds in search of homes and pecuniary independence.
MR. YOUTSEY leaves four surviving children: MRS. CAROLINE MCCLINTOCK of Council Grove, Kansas, who was immediately apprised of her father's death; MRS. FLORA DOANE; MRS. SARAH YOUTSEY and son, FRANK, the latter three being with him at the fatal hour. No eulogy of his character is necessary; his life was an open book and he aimed to do as he wanted to be done by. He was dilligent in his business affairs, just to all men alike and leaves an honorable name behind which is more to be admired than marble shafts or gilded epitaphs. He provided for the present and builded for the future and was an enrolled member of the Christian Church. He believed in that standard of righteousness which conforms its theory to the practical and as he neared the end of his long journey his physical pain was sweetened with the belief that all would be well in the Great Beyond.