Bill Young: ‘The guy who always found a way’

April 7, 2022 By    

Bill Young, who wielded his engineering expertise in the gas industries for more than half a century, died April 1. He was 81.

Photos: William Young


Young was involved in the build of more than 2,000 propane systems, utility peak shave plants and propane terminals, according to Superior Energy Systems, where Young worked for the past 20 years. He was vice president of engineering, but also served as a key player in the sale, design, construction, manufacture and service of propane equipment in domestic and international markets.

“The project that everybody said you couldn’t do – Bill was the guy who always found a way,” says Mike Walters, vice president of safety and fleet at Superior Energy Systems, based in Columbia Station, Ohio.

Walters says Young was a “whiz at calculations” and often recalls how Young would type numbers into his calculator watch to get answers about a project.

“I have a whole file of calculations that he helped me put together,” Walters says.

Young was among the most knowledgeable people Walters says he knew in the propane industry, also noting how Young was always quick with a joke.

Throughout much of his career, Young volunteered his time to industry associations and committees, including the National Propane Gas Association, the National Fire Protection Association and the American National Standards Institute.

In 2017, LP Gas inducted Young into its Hall of Fame, recognizing him for a long career that began in the early 1960s at Industrial Gases in Pittsburgh and continued at Ugite Gas, Alternate Energy Systems, Plant Systems and Superior Energy Systems.

“I have many fond memories of the propane industry and am fortunate to have met with so many outstanding individuals over the past 56 years,” Young said during his Hall of Fame induction speech, referencing Bill McHenry, Emerson Thomas and Sam McTier.

Young also shared at the time about how he was blessed with two children and four grandchildren.

“They’re my greatest joy, and I’m proud of all of them,” he said.

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at or 216-706-3748.

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