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Kwai Lum Young

Kwai Lum Young, 19262020 

Kwai Lum Young (“Lum), a resident of Meramec Bluffs in Ballwin, MO, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at age 93

Lum is preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Leong Young, his brother Walter Young, and his sisters Pat Cleary and Linnie Yee. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Lou Young; sister, Nellie Young, his brother Sunny Young and sister Kammy Rose; children Lianne Hollander(Allen), Randy Young(Donna), Karen Young(Scott), Steven Young, and stepdaughter Michelle Wilson(Scott); ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter

Lum was born December 15, 1926, and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Missouri Valley College (BA, Biology); University of Missouri/KC (DDS); and University of Missouri/Columbia (MS, Public Health)

He served as a Captain in the USAF from 1955 to 1957. Lums dental practice was in Albany, Missouri, 1958 to 1979. After retirement from private practice, he was named Deputy Director, Bureau of Dental Health for Missouri, 197985, and Director for Division of Dental Health, Nebraska State Dept. of Health 19851992. After retiring in 1993, he and Mary Lou opened a free dental clinic with the Medical Mission for Christ Community Health Center in Camdenton, Missouri and practiced there from 2006 to 2013. After retiring again; Lum and his wife moved to Meramec Bluffs senior living community in Ballwin, Missouri

Lum designed and implemented numerous dental health programs on both a national and state level; working with the CDC to develop fluoridation programs for Missouri and Nebraska rural communities; participated in Head Start review of schools for dental health programs; dental screenings with the Elks Mobile Dental Unit program, and volunteering with Missouri Mission of Mercy and other charitable programs. Lum received numerous professional awards, the Distinguished Service AwardMDA, Concerned and Caring Leadership AwardNDA; and Fellowships in the International College of Dentists and American College of Dentists. He was active in the Masons, and the Lake of the Ozarks Shrine Club (Rajah in 1997)

He will be interred at the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri after a private Masonic and military service. A celebration of his life will be held for him at Meramec Bluffs, Ballwin, Missouri when lifted. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Shriners Childrens Hospital in St. Louis or Benevolent Fund for Lutheran Senior Services, Meramec Bluffs, Ballwin, MO appreciated


  1. Dixie Hummel on July 6, 2020 at 9:11 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Lou and Family. Lum will be missed by everyone. Dixie

  2. Beth Pardy on July 6, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    It was an honor to be counted among Lum’s many friends! Such a kind man! Always cheerful, optimistic, and encouraging! Hard to spend any time around Lum without smiling. He led a life of service to others. My husband Ken and I admired his generous spirit… his love of laughter… and his love and devotion to Mary Lou and to all his family…. he had a real gift for encouraging others and for benefitting his community. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him

  3. Linda Yeager on July 8, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Lianne, Am sorry for the loss of your father. Will keep you and your family in my prayers. Linda Yeager

  4. Marilyn Lowrey on July 8, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Lianne, looks as if your dad lived a good and honorable life. I know you will miss him. Thinking about you . . . prayerfully, Marilyn Lowrey

  5. Liesa & Jon Schroeder on July 10, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Lianne – So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts.

  6. Liberta Hussey Albao on July 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Aloha Mary Lou, family and friends of Kwai Lum Young.
    I live on the island of Kauai and met Kwai and Mary Lou at the Mormon church Lihue family history center. He inquired about the Namohala family. We became friends immediately. I took them to Hanapepe Valley which was the family site. Pedigree chart Phone (808) 652.8290

  7. Greg Frimel on July 19, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Lum lived a full and vibrant life. He was a consummate professional. May God give you peace Mary Lou.
    Greg Frimel

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