John Rice Youell

Published 5:02 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2022

CHESTER, Virginia – John Rice Youell, 73, left this planet on Dec. 19, 2022. He had a worldly life as a military dependent, living in Richmond and Northern Virginia, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. He was a 1971 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, with a degree in electrical engineering. He was married to Katherine Jones Youell (PhD) for 50 years and was the father of John Blanton and Katherine Nelson Youell. He held an amateur radio license since 1962, a PE license since 1975 and worked at Phillip Morris, Firestone and the Virginia Department of Transportation. He was predeceased by his wife, Kathy; and is survived by his brother, Bill; children, Blanton and Katie; two granddaughters and two grandsons. A private service, with interment, will follow for family members, at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal in Chester, Virginia. Condolences may be registered at