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Crest Furniture executive Larry Young dies at 88

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BRICK, N.J. — Larry Young, industry veteran and longtime executive at Top 100 company Crest Furniture, died here Monday. He was 88.

Young spent most of his career in the furniture industry. Prior to joining Dayton, N.J.-based Crest, he owned and operated his own furniture store in Pennsauken, N.J. He joined Crest 23 years ago and was active in the company up to the time of his death.

Crest had four stores when Young joined as a salesman in the Middletown, N.J., store, and through the years, he helped grow the business to its current 14 locations - seven Value City Furniture stores in New Jersey and seven Ashley Furniture HomeStores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania - with estimated sales last year of $109.5 million.

"Larry was an integral part of every one of them," said Crest CEO Simon Kaplan.

He said Young's talents were clear from the beginning and through the years, he took on various roles in the company, including buying, advertising warehouse and delivery operations and new store development.

Young also spearheaded Crest's move to its current 234,000-square-foot office and distribution center in Dayton and was active in choosing and overseeing the computer system for the stores and warehouse.

Young most recently was a mentor  and coach to team leaders while maintaining his role in store development.

"My friend Larry was an outstanding individual, who contributed greatly to the growth and success of our company," Kaplan said. "He will truly be missed."

Young served in the Army during World War II, and at age 18, was the youngest first sergeant in the Army. He took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion.

Young also was a member of the Tri-State Home Furnishings Assn. and the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Assn.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Young, two children and six grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Brigadier Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Provinceline Road, Wrightstown, N.J. Memorials may be made to Meridian Hospice, 1345 Campus Parkway, Suite A-2, Neptune, N.J. 07753.

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