BLOOMINGTON - When Bloomington resident Stephen Young was looking for a job in 1968, no one wanted to hire someone high on the military draft list.
He took a job with the only employer willing to hire him, the federal government, and remained loyal for the next 38 years. Young, 60, retired recently after working nearly four decades for the Social Security Administration.
"I had a difficult time finding a job because I had an A-1 draft status, and no one would hire you until you had your military service except the federal government," Young said.
As a member of the Illinois National Guard, Young was never called to serve in the Vietnam War.
Instead, the Lexington native earned a job with the Social Security Administration in Milwaukee. He moved around often, from Peoria to Rock Island to Indianapolis to Chicago before coming to Bloomington in 1975, where he's overseen Social Security in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, LaSalle, Putnam and Bureau counties.
While he's now retired, his influence remains.
"He hired everybody here or promoted them," said Bill Carter, who worked with Young for 28 years.
Carter, assistant district manager, will fill in temporarily until Young's replacement is found. The office will miss Young's presence, Carter said.
"He's somebody to look up to somebody with a lot of integrity," he said. "People in the office had a lot of respect for him. His shoes will be hard to fill."
Young and his wife, Carol, have three daughters, four grandchildren and two more grandchildren on the way.
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