Ipswich army veteran Brian Herbert Young has passed away.
Ipswich army veteran Brian Herbert Young has passed away. Contributed

Army veteran will be sorely missed by all

A FAMILIAR face will be missing from next year's Goodna Anzac Day march.

Proud army veteran Brian Young never missed a march - even when his health was declining.

He had served in Korea with the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, during the 1950s.

Brian, 79, would march proudly each year at the front of the Anzac parade along with other ex-servicemen and women.

It was one of many things the great-grandfather treasured, right up until his death last Saturday.

Brian, who lived in Bellbird Park, enjoyed the simple things in life - from watching footy to fishing on the beach.

He loved to travel with his wife of 34 years, Bev. They saw most of Australia in their Coaster bus, which Brian had fitted out.

His favourite destination was Fraser Island, where he shared many happy memories camping with family and friends.

Brian was a member of the Goodna RSL sub-branch and former vice president of his local National Seniors Association.

In the 1960s he was secretary of the Builders Workers Industrial Union in North Queensland and a representative on the Trades and Labour Council.

He enjoyed many a beer with former Prime Minister Bob Hawke during their union days.

Above all, Brian's true love was his family and he in turn enjoyed the love and respect of his children and grandchildren.

Brian was born in Mayfield, NSW on May 13, 1935, one of five children to Arthur and Hazel Young.

He was brought up with traditional values and learnt the skills men of that era held dear.

He was initially a labourer and went on to work as a cabinetmaker, carpenter and cane cutter and was called up for national service in 1954.

When Brian returned from Korea in 1956, he continued to serve in the Australian Army, where he met his first wife, Valarie Bannah.

The couple had three children together before Valerie died in 1968.

Brian met his second wife, Bev Nipperness - who had also been widowed - in 1978 and the pair wed in 1980 in Brisbane.

He built a home in Bellbird Park and ran a courier business with his wife, delivering goods across Ipswich and Brisbane.

Brian was diagnosed with liver cancer last year, but he never let his health issues get him down.

He died in the company of family at Greenslopes Hospital.

He is survived by four children, four step-children, 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and loving in-laws.